I was contacted recently by a guy called Andy Beverley who wrote:
Hope you don’t mind me contacting you about one of your old blog posts “what gives with dban”. Thought I’d let you know that I forked DBAN a while ago, and produced a standalone program (called nwipe) that will run on any Linux OS. That means it will work with any Live CD, meaning much better hardware support.
It’s included in PartedMagic, as well as most other popular distros.
“No I don’t mind at all” is my response. In fact, since DBAN seems to be borked permanently, it is nice to see an alternative out there.
Andy’s nwipe page says that he could do with some assistance. So if anyone feels able to help him out, give him a call.