What you describe is not capitalism, it is a free market. Capitalism is the financing of an enterprise with the expectation of a return on investment.
For instance Christopher de Haro, and Charles V financed the 1519 voyage of Ferdinand Magellan. de Haro put up the money for 1/4 share, and Chuck put up the other 3/4 of the cost of the voyage.
In other words they owned stock in Magellan's corporation, expecting to eventually receive 1/4 and 3/4 share of the spoils respectively. The same thing goes on today when we buy stock share in a corporation.
Honestly, Unix users probably use them more simply because the average Unix user is far more knowledgeable about computers and their usage than the average Windows user
is a given, but I think you have a different definition of
dawn of time
than most of us.
Ok, I know this will be modded flamebait or troll, but really. Think about why do these scripting ("dynamic", bah) languages come and go.
It appears to me that some kids don't want to mess around with compilers and such. They value programming speed over stability and maintainability. Don't think so? Look at a Python program sometime and compare the ratio of comment lines to code lines in comparison to software written by an adult in a compiled language.
But my real point is an answer to why people aren't using perl so much anymore; they grew up.
The new kids are using Python, PHP, Ruby, or whatever is the latest excuse not to actually compile code into something stable and maintainale.
No skis take rocks like rental skis!