The Redmine developer platform is working well now - thanks to Rochen Ltd. - and is being adapted by our developers. The process of "porting virtuemart to MVC" is in the last phase of development, the internal testing phase will start soon.
For handling all the different languages that may be used in VirtueMart we now have a Language Manager: Devendra Kumar Shukla. He is handling the files and can give some tips and tricks for translators.
We now have a new PR-manager and a kind of spokesperson: Gabriele Sabadini (k0nan). He will help us to be more transparent to the public.
The internal staff forum boards are now accessible for each Senior Member and higher.
For a long time we used a developers chat in Skype, but unfortunately Skype made larger group chats unmoderatable. Sometimes users came in and asked support questions, which was not intended. Therefore we see the need for an open a public channel for all users. We tried moving the developer chat to IRC to obtain better public chat controls than we have available in Skype, however, IRC was not well received. We now have set up our own jabber server on jabber.virtuemart.net.
You can find more information on the Forum: here and there.