For me, the real, core Linux users are a different breed. I'm not referring to the 12 year olds who spend all their free time tweaking with their computer, or those who constantly post questions instead of searching properly (I'm guilty of that on a few occassions), or even the core developers. The users I'm talking about are those average guys or gals, with balanced lives, enjoy other activities and know when to call it a day. They can help themselves, and are generally well-educated people. Though, they know when to ask for help, and how to ask for it. Generally they are patient people, who don't try to force things, but rather figure out a problem slowly, carefully, and learn while they do it. They are against "quick-fixes", not just in Linux, but in life generally. They want to know the details, and keep note of them for the future.
I think that too many people are after quick-fixes, not just in the computer world, but it reflects in their business activities and all their achievements. I also that the future will heavily depend on computers and technology (it already does now) and that it's important to know exactly what you're running on your system and that ATM machines and electronic banking etc. is conducted and run on the most secure system, which I believe would be based on some form of embedded Linux. The "exposed" way of testing the software is brilliant, rather than confining them to labs. It's the best way.
I used to be all about Linux for Desktop. Now I look back, I feel a bit stupid. Yes, it's quite possible for Linux to make it the desktop. However, I think the culture will change. It will no longer be a "help yourself first" mentality, as people simply refuse to read documentation. My forecast is a fork (in true Linux spirit) in users - those who I mentioned above, and the LCDs (lowest common denominators). I'm accepting of this, but I think it seems to ruin what Linux is about.
But, I'm all for new Linux users... increasing the userbase, increasing demand, in turn increasing supply of supported games and software, etc.. moving away from the conventional thoughts and embracing a new, Open future. Though, I would like to see a shift in thought.. that comparable to the AOL User.. to those who would like to take a look under the hood for once.
What a great thought though. This would save people millions of dollars - in bandwidth, stolen credit card numbers, scams - (home users leaving their computers open to be used in dDoS attacks, people opening up viruses, having really shoddy passwords, anyone?) If people just took some time to "get a clue," we'd all be breathing easier.
However, I'm a dreamer