I don't consider myself "average". Why should I welcome a product explcitly targeted at "the average population"? I don't care about world domination one bit. Windows can have 99% of the market for all I care. I want something that serves me (a programmer) well. Windows isn't it, and Linux which works just like Windows (hi, Gnome!) wouldn't be it, either.
Besides, you contradict yourself:
"... diverse needs of the average population."
"... the better off *all* of us are going to be."
It can't very well be both.
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