Stefano, one of the developers on MATE, talked on the openSUSE conference about the future of MATE. You can watch that specific segment of his talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... cbR4&t=708
I found the entire talk interesting, though this part really stood out. They will be supporting Wayland fully in MATE. So notch another one for the Wayland camp The other items from the roadmap are interesting also, like further removal of redundant GNOME 2 components in the fork and switching instead to GNOME 3 components for the same. While it increases the dependency on the GNOME project, I believe it will allow the MATE developers to focus more on core improvements to MATE.