DSL is up to version 1.0rc2 as of this writing! See the DSL main site
here for further info on this.
t's great for older PC's, true, but I think a more full-featured distro would do good on new computers. I see your point, however.
Also agree on this.
IMHO, it seems that other Debian-based liveCD distros such as Knoppix and MEPIS do a better job of recognizing such newer hardware devices as recent hdd controller cards without necessarily needing to pass boot-kernel options upon startup.