A developer indie discovered something interesting: While only 5.8% of his customers were using Linux, they generated 38% of all bug reports. It’s not because Linux was buggier. Only three of the nearly 400 bug reports submitted to Linux users were platform-specific, which would only occur on Linux.

The developer, posting as Koderski for developer Kodera Software on Reddit, makes indie game DV: Rings of Saturn–that’s Delta V, or DV, for the non-rocket-science-literate. It’s challenging science-based, physics-based, space mining and pirate games. I like it for its mix of playability while still respecting the fundamentals of spaceflight. DV might be a sim for you if you like space combat, such as The Expanse.

Koperski claims that he has sold just over 12,000 copies and that about 700 were purchased by Linux users.

Koperski posted that he received 1040 bug reports. Of these, roughly 400 were made by Linux users. That’s an average of one bug report per 11.5 users and one per 1.75 Linux players. This means that an average Linux user will receive 650% more bug reports. Although the numbers from Koderski are limited to one person’s experience, they tell a compelling tale.

Koperski said that only a few of the bugs were Linux-specific. He also stated that “this 5.8% of players discovered 38% of all bugs that affected everyone.” He also said that bug reports were of high quality. They included logs and steps for replication.

Many commenters attributed this to the types of people who use Linux: IT workers, software professionals, and engineers familiar with bug reporting processes. Although it is a strong theory, the Linux gaming community’s passion for their hobby could be another reason.

DV: Rings of Saturn is available on itch.io as well as on Steam. It’s currently in Early Access development. You can download the demo for an unlimited time and save your progress.

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