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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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  • I wonder ... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Archangel Michael (180766) on Friday May 07, 2010 @04:09PM (#32133202) Journal

    If this is counting Window's Users "donations" to Microsoft, McAfee ....

    Windows users already pay through the nose, so they don't have anything leftover to donate.

  • by History's Coming To (1059484) on Friday May 07, 2010 @04:12PM (#32133232) Journal
    Perhaps because when you feel like you've already got a bargain (infinite value for money on average), you're happy to chuck a few quid in. And can I just say, what a nice, simple, well laid out and advert-realistic that website from TFA is? When we all so often get complete wastes of cycles and eyeballs, that's a really nice website, and we should say so as loudly as we complain about bad ones.
  • by timmarhy (659436) on Friday May 07, 2010 @05:06PM (#32133464)
    donation paying is really the ultimate free market. I think if more things were priced by how much people valued them rather then prices regulated by government and corporate monopolys we'd all be a lot better off.
  • by tonycheese (921278) on Friday May 07, 2010 @05:54PM (#32133694)

    Second theory: a much higher percentage of Windows users paid 1 cent for the games. Kids are less likely to have a more expensive Mac and Linux is much more likely to be installed on an adult's machine. (Might be a stupid theory, feel free to poke holes).
    Similarly, we can't forget that the total raised includes donations to EFF and some other charities. It would make sense to me that Linux users are more likely to donate to EFF?

  • While you could certainly critique starting the comment in the subject line, you'd have to find a different way to do it.

    For one thing, it breaks the quote button.

  • My View (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 07, 2010 @07:58PM (#32134804)

    I'm from the Windows piece of the pie and I paid $10 which beats the Windows and Mac averages (if only by a little on Mac) ... the thing for me is though that I fit in a category of people that is uncountable by their statistics. That category being, well, someone who doesn't really want the games and never would have bought them for even $5 in a store as a bundle. Why did I do it you ask? Simply because I support developers such as these, people who realize that DRM is bad and that honest customers will pay for game should the real product be superior to the pirated product, as it should be. As someone who hates to see the Ubisofts and other evil overlords of game publication, I donated the $10 and specifically chose the "Developers Only" option (donating to charity is something that can easily be done outside of this offer) because I feel they DESERVE it.

    As for the Linux crowd, I presume the higher donation totals is due to many factors like less games than Windows, pirating itself being a rather Windows centric crowd, and I'd even toss in the purely speculative assumption that the average intelligence and income of a Linux user is higher (lets face it other developers and geeks/nerds primarily).

  • by bheekling (976077) on Friday May 07, 2010 @11:07PM (#32136192)
    How many in the Linux/OSX marketshare play games?

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