Btw, I'm too lazy to change my user-agent, I'm a very high Linux supporter and user, but at the moment on a Mac OS computer. So these statistics are a little bit useless and inaccurate…
Indeed, that's neither useless nor inaccurate but reflect the reality pretty representative: truth is, even among (the small number) of vocal linux proponents there are many, many dual booters and MacOS users...
Who complain for instance when they get "caught" by the user survey of Steam using WINE or Windows. Bizarre. ;P Also, if they are even to lazy to fake the user agent while using MacOS, it is obvious why such users switched to MacOS as desktop OS in first place: linux as desktop is still to hard and work intensive to use (for them and most). Frankly, the linux desktop is still not ready for prime-time. And GOG has seen that, and can't be blamed for responding reasonable to that by "evaluating the situation carefully from the side-line". The side who is to blame is the linux distro ecosystem which failed now for decades to provide a reasonable, unified, working desktop OS platform.
but like everything linux and open source, they are definitely rising.
Yeah, there is a demand, movement, understanding since approx. the beginning of the 2000s that "open" technologies could be a benefit in many domains. Therefore it is highly indicative that in the 1.5 decades in-between no "open" desktop OS took off, while in many other domains open technologies were successful (also on the desktop): browser -> Firefox (now majority in most countries), mobile phone OS -> android (sky-rocketing to the top), proprietary encyclopedias -> wikipedia (killed britanica, encarta etc in a small number of years).
The reason why no open desktop (namely, linux) took of is not the "open" nature, but the technical and cultural legacy as unix, server, geek OS. If an open desktop OS with a suitable architecture (like Haiku
) would have got the buzz linux got in last ten years we would have a dominant open desktop OS platform for 5 years already. :/
You really have closed mind, do you?
Firstly, I'm on MacOS because of a half-choice I didn't really had. Not because Linux "is bad". I used exclusively without dual-boot, VM or some other cheats Linux for more than 3 years. NEVER had any issues.
It's only GOG decision to don't support it, especially as lots of recent indie games GOG sell are already available on Linux elsewhere (guess where…?) and there are no excuse for these games.
The ecosystem? As I already mentioned before, but you still don't take note of this, proprietary editor can provide things very well : http://deb.opera.com
/ with repositories for example or like Humble Bundle do without repositories.
And when you speak about Firefox success : no need to install something on it, and it had been successful partly because of IE inertia for years and because of free and good innovations like tabs. Tabs were created by Opera but at this time Opera was a paid browser and Firefox got them after among other things (like extensions which were very popular, especially AdBlock Plus) for free.
Android? Oh, sure, the thing pre-installed and shipped on more than 85/90% of sold phone? Like Windows is? Oops. Did I said the problem is the same?
EDIT : And for your information, it's pretty much equal for me to work on Mac OS or Linux (at one exception : I've to do some piracy on OS X because even some very little tools are sold at abusive prices while you have pretty much everything for free on Linux), but no way to work on Windows. Too much security problems. Too bad FS. Not even multi-desktop while these two OS have it for years now, the terminal is a joke, bad font encode (unicode ? probably they don't know this word…), package manager structure which is wonderful (even on Mac OS, you've homebrew, macport or fink) and I probably forgot lots of things…