None of these reasons was relevant outside the MS world. Plenty of languages, IDE's, editors available on Linux, some say even too many. No BSOD's, no VB. Oh wait, there's one reason: that wanker Miguel de Icaza.
... and yet we now spend 50% of our total budget on health, education, or entitlements. And yet we still have poor people.
Health and education are where most rich nations spending goes to. It has nothing to do with leveling the wealth, more likely 'the rich' profit most of those communal spending.
Why stop human evolution?
Because sometimes alpha is better than beta.