@Ghent - Mediatek's driver situation isn't exemplary, but at least for the linkit, if you follow their directions (and revert a few small things upstream repos subsequently broke), and type "make" you get a build with working WiFi, exactly the same as the build that ships on it, or optionally including your own customizations and bugfixes.

If Onion would do that, people might not be pleased, but would be far more understanding, as then they'd be able to fix the problems in all the other areas of the system and still end up with a useful build - that's a huge practical difference.

And yes, if the boot hang caused by the fatal flash chip selection mistake in the Omega 2+ got repeated in the 2S+ or fixed is indeed a very interesting question. This was unfixable in software - the only solution would be to a pick a more suitable flash chip.