I can happily say that I have donated whatever money I had spare in my PayPal account that I was unable to withdraw at the time.
Hopefully Medvedev can go ahead and sponsor this project and give it a much needed boost!
Though a couple of years ago ReactOS had to be suspended due to stealing code allegations.
One might naturally assume that Boeing pilots can thus do more, but that isn't necessarily the case. Using Airbus FBW in Normal Law, pilots can fly right on the edge: for example, to avoid a collision, an Airbus pilot could just pull back hard and know that he isn't going to stall. Instead, he's going to instantaneously get the maximum possible performance the aircraft can deliver. Airbus test pilots like to show these features off at air shows by flying at ridiculously slow speeds.
Usually, when one hears about a crash where the computers wouldn't let the pilot "save the plane", it's because the solution would really have made things worse, such as stalling the aircraft. It's still the pilot's responsibility to never get into that situation at all, by for example flying too close to a forest. It is also not true that Airbus pilots can never override the system, but it has to be a separate action rather than simply extreme input, because in those cases the computer is virtually always right. The computers will also cut themselves out of the loop if unexpected malfunctions occur. One thing we know about AF 447 is that flight envelope protection had automatically degraded to Alternate Law. In extreme cases, pilots can switch to the self-explanatory Direct Law.
Finally, notice that the oldest models, A300 and A310, are not fly-by-wire aircraft. Additionally, the Hudson river landing was performed in an A320 with full fly-by-wire — the computers will let the pilot make the important decisions, including landing in "stupid" places. Personally, I would compare the Boeing philosophy to running everything as root.
If the manufacturer does not provide similar drivers for Linux that are also in Windows, then it is nothing the Linux developers can do. Reinventing the wheel won't help either.
The more people contact the manufacturers asking for better drivers for their Linux distribution the better.