For web servers, GC languages already dominate. Java, obviously, plus PHP, perl, python, and ruby. Who writes CGI in C or C++ any more? Sure, a few folks, but not many.
On the desktop, I can't think of a single GUI app that I would rather write (or see written) in C or C++ instead of one of the languages mentioned above. Heck, even command-line utilities are often (usually?) written in perl or some other scripting language (not to mention bash). I guess it depends on your definition of "serious" programming.
Like it or not, GC is pervasive, and still increasing in popularity. It just makes sense to have the inexpensive computers do the extra work instead of the expensive programmers.
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