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Linux Users Donate Twice As Much As Windows Users, On Average 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the interesting-data-points dept.
sammyF70 writes "The Wolfire/Humble Indie Bundle real time statistics have been updated to show the average amount donated per platform. It looks like Linux users donate twice as much, on average, as Windows users. You can see some graphs on the Wolfire blog."
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Linux Users Donate Twice As Much As Windows Users, On Average

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  • Bah. (Score:3, Informative)

    by LurkerXXX (667952) on Friday May 07, 2010 @04:12PM (#32133230)

    I bought world of Goo through Steam for my windows machine and paid more than the average Linux user contributes more for the whole indie bundle. When folks 'contribute' through different sources, these number don't mean much.

  • Re:Not surprising... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jurily (900488) <jurily@@@gmail...com> on Friday May 07, 2010 @04:18PM (#32133262)

    The Windows donations still account for more than half.

  • by druke (1576491) on Friday May 07, 2010 @08:15PM (#32134934)

    Let's be more specific then: have fun running any game from the last ten years at anything better than 10 seconds per frame..

    Okay Mr. Expert, I call bullshit. Games that run beautifully (some needing more work than others based on hardware and lack of support channels, but that's not saying it cannot be done):

    • World of Warcraft (I don't play it personally, but I know many that do)
    • Team Fortress 2, my mic even works without extra setup thanks to pulse audio (that's right, praise to PA!)
    • Eve-Online
    • Dragon Age
    • I said Tf2 already, but really anything that runs in the Source engine.

    In fact.. I can't think of a game that I actually want to play, that doesn't run on linux (given enough work). I'm not saying that it is super easy to make all these work, but a high and mighty sys admin should see this as child's play; and only be, slightly, complicated to the neophyte convert. So once again, no better that 10 fps... Bullshit. Go eat a dick, and come back when you've shaved that neckbeard.

    To everyone else: gaming is far from perfect but it is not this absolute paradigm shift that certain people make it out to be. All it takes is -minimal- support from developers (more if the studio is deeply tied to .net and super direct3d stuff), and BAM shit starts to fall into place. (see WoW, EvE, and the source engine stuff).

    After typing out this long post, I see that this is initially in reply to 'virtual' environments, the posts being modded down, and your's being 5: insightful (thereby not being hidden). I agree, virtual environments for gaming ,while it can work, is a shitty idea. It's similar to fixing a leaky faucet by installing a new faucet. Bandaiding the issue, while ignoring the larger problem. If you're post was specific to virtual environments, I'm sorry, disregard all the negative things I said about you, I didn't fully read the hidden comments.

    As more games move to working on mac and windows, we'll see a larger shift in games that work well in linux (not because mac apps are easy to run in linux, that's not actually true; It's easier to run windows applications than it is mac applications applications. The reasons are slightly more complicated; Just take my opinion, as a guy on the internet, and regard it as fact.). Steam is the first big -potential- example, The fact of the matter is that the industry thinks linux support is super hard, when it's not as hard as they think it is. (it's comparable to the average man running 2-3 miles every day, it's really not hard at all, you just have to get up and do it). And with companies now actually considering mac versions, linux versions look much much easier.

  • My wife and I (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 07, 2010 @09:07PM (#32135358)

    Goofy survey to start with. And easily skewed.

    Including my wife and I alone in the survey (Windows and iMac users at home - FreeBSD for work) would have probably tilted the scale the other direction.

    Pointless survey and article unless you are a fan boy or flamer.

  • Re:Not surprising... (Score:4, Informative)

    by RMingin (985478) on Friday May 07, 2010 @10:02PM (#32135800) Homepage

    Actually, as someone who actually BOUGHT the bundle in TFA, I'd like to make note that the OS reporting is voluntary, not linked to the OS running at purchase time, and done when you get the email, not when you're typing in your Paypal/CC info. I registered as Linux, as that's what I have on the most machines, and most care to use, but I probably spend most of my clock time on Windows, either at work (where Windows is mandated), or at home playing the ~50% of games I want to play that aren't available under Linux, or at least not cleanly/easily.

    I'm looking forward to this hypothetical Linux Steam client, as it'll let me do more of my gaming on my OS of choice.

  • Re:I wonder ... (Score:4, Informative)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <.bassbeast1968. .at. .gmail.com.> on Saturday May 08, 2010 @02:15AM (#32136954) Journal

    That is why I highly recommend Comodo Internet Security [comodo.com] as it is free for personal use, so no subscriptions to run out, low resource ( according to process explorer it is using a whole 15Mb and 0% CPU while running both the firewall and AV) and most importantly IT WORKS. I have relatives that are "clicky clicky" happy and will pick up more viruses than a Bangkok Whore, and Comodo has kept their machines squeaky clean.

    Now as for TFA, I'd have some questions before I'd believe their "results", for example-What percentage of those that donate don't list their OS? Does their game equally appeal to Windows users? How many Windows users have downloaded the game? does their product mainly appeal to those looking for free stuff?

    I know that this is the first time I've ever heard of this bunch, and looking at their "games list" here [wolfire.com] I don't see anything that would really appeal to a Windows user. Lets be honest here folks, it isn't like Windows users are hurting for quality top notch games. From Good Old Games [gog.com] to Steam, from the Amazon bargain bin to the latest AAA titles, it isn't like Windows users have to scour the backwoods of the Internet for games. My guess is since there is less Linux games it is simply easier to get noticed on that platform, whereas we Windows gamers frankly have games coming out our ears and don't really look much at the indy stuff unless it makes a big splash like World of Goo.

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