There have been no updates to the IBM i Virtual User Group since May of this year, and I have been concern that the group had "died".
After several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the VUG via their web page, I decided to email Steve Will, Chief Architect of the IBM i operating system, and ask him the status of the group. Below is his reply.
Simon, I got the chance to ask this question to Alison Butterill. She tells me the person who was responsible was an IBMer who is no longer with IBM. She's in the process of looking for a leader -- it could be someone outside IBM, too, since this is really intended to be a User Group.
It’s good news for all of us, and I hope the VUG will be active again soon once a new leader is found.