for those of you that do not subscribe to the DSS yahoo group, many things have happened recently. sadly at the end of January, Sander Pool unexpectedly passed away. Sander was not directly involved with DSS but he had moderated the yahoo group, and answered questions about the software in the group for several years. Luc Coiffier (the author of DSS) had not been seen nor heard from for quite a long time (many years in fact).
when the news of Sander's death reached the group, there was a lot of discussion about just what had become of Luc. David Partridge (another participant in the yahoo group) was able to make contact with Luc, who posted a message to the group today indicating he is going to open source DSS.
this is very good news. at the very least this means we should see a 64-bit version of DSS.
also, Luc is hoping to find a new person to moderate DeepSkyStacker@yahoogroups.com in case someone is interested.