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Nov 2 2012 Anchor

Which Linux distros are most popular with Desura users? The Linux deployment landscape is pretty fragmented and it would be good to know where an indie game developer should put the most development energy. Does Desura publicly track OS usage statistics? If it doesn't, it should. Steam tracks various OS usage statistics, and that was useful back when everyone was wondering whether Vista was worth bothering with yet or not, or DX9 vs. DX10 / DX11.

Henley
Henley the sun never sets on the eternally cool
Nov 5 2012 Anchor

Well you can see the stats for OS usage here Indiedb.com but we do not have any live stats on acutal distros of linux. However you should focus on ubuntu first and foremost (not a linux user here).

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Nov 5 2012 Anchor

Seen quite a few people using Ubuntu, Arch Linux and Fedora. Gentoo too.

Feb 6 2013 Anchor

Mint here.

Feb 7 2013 Anchor

DistroWatch keeps a list of distro popularity based on average amount of webpage hits. Not the most accurate method, since many experienced users visit the sites only to download a new release, but it's better than nothing.

Mar 24 2013 Anchor

Linux Mint 14 KDE

Dragonlord
Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue
Mar 24 2013 Anchor

Ubuntu is rather popular with novice people. It's though everything else but the golden apple of Linux distributions and tends to introduce fuck-ups to FHS and what not else. GenToo or alike are more found on the experienced to power users. Myself I use both (Kubuntu to be precise... Gnome sucks... although KDE is not safe of fail itself... see the PIM debacle going on since years). If you can work with Ubuntu you are rather safe. If you get it working with that fucked up distro the rest should be less of a problem.

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Apr 28 2013 Anchor

I certainly would never recommend that anyone 'focus' on Ubuntu, there is already far too much of that going on. The problem with Ubuntu is that Canonical really doesn't seem to care about Linux standards or compatibility. They take Debian's packages, modify them, repackage them into Ubuntu and don't even maintain compatibility with Debian in many cases.

I personally use openSUSE which is superior to Ubuntu in every way, in my opinion. However, rather than focusing on a single distro, the best advice I can give is to not focus on any one distro at all. Either target multiple distros or aim for distro neutral solutions.

Jun 8 2013 Anchor

linux mint (mate) here. I am a windows user who hates not like win 8.

Jun 8 2013 Anchor

I think it's ubuntu,Fedora and Linux mint jugding what there site says.

Edited by: IsThatMithril

Jun 9 2013 Anchor

Ubuntu or some other Ubuntu-based distro (Xubuntu, Mint, etc.). I personally use Xubuntu for my laptop while I retain Windows 7 on my desktop because I just happen to like Visual Studio 2012 Pro. If there was an equally good IDE running on Linux I would probably choose something along the lines of Kubuntu. I would have Kubuntu on my laptop but I don't know how KDE will run on this older machine.

Dragonlord
Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue
Jun 9 2013 Anchor

KDE has KDevelop. Not sure what kind of features you expect from it but that's the IDE I'm working with. Otherwise there exist the usual suspects like Eclipse, Code::Blocks and company.

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