The word on the street, at least all over the news is that we could be heading into bad times. All over the news sites are articles on how Open Source will or could save you money. For individuals that know about GNU/Linux, it is not a question that if you are building a new PC and you run Linux, you are going to save $100 from not having to buy an operating system. Often there are comparable applications that may be used as alternatives and a little more money could be saved. Many argue that time is money, you get your licenses when you buy a new PC, etc. I don’t know the exact answer, it’s hard to say for each individual case but I have not spent any money on software in a long time.
I don’t know if Open Source will gain more momentum because of the economy and I don’t think that any one knows for sure. All that can be done is speculate and correlate data.
Here are some Links to other articles on this topic for those that are interested:
Open Source To The Rescue In Hard Times
Linux and FOSS in a Slowing Economy