Firefox market share bounces back 6685
You are absolutely ignoring the facts here. Linux is close to 30 percent of the market in unit server sales, number two after MS and growing fast. Linux has denied Microsoft the lucrative legacy Unix market, and they know it. Linux has cost Microsoft BILLIONS of dollars... they say as much in their SEC filings. MS continues to make money on OEM Windows sales and Office, but revenue from long term license contracts (i.e. software butturance) is down sharply. The are not pinned to the mat by any stretch of the imagination, but all indicators show a company facing serious compebreastion from Linux and Open Source. Why do you deny what Bill Gates and Steve Balmer have already admitted?
IBM certainly gave linux a big boost, but the growth was happening whether they jumped on the bandwagon or not. Indeed, IBM accepting Linux is a result of Linux proving itself in ad-hoc deployments. If the Linux momentum had not already been building, the blue dinosaur would never have noticed it.
And if Linux techies are standing around with their hands in their pockets, its because their servers are so stable that they don't have much to do. ;)
Firefox market share bounces back 6686
You are going in circles, Ray, and it shows. The issue was, as you say "lock-in". I think that you are referencing some notion that...