> That's false reasoning from two points of view. (i) G2 is not dead upstream, as the MATE desktop is maintaining the G2 branch.
G2 didn't '_die_' upstream. Gnome released a new version of the desktop. The Gnome 2 developers became Gnome 3 developers. All the GTK libs and everything else that applications need to be backwards compatible still exists and have had new stable releases.
Mate is a fork of Gnome 2 and didn't exist until much more recently then Fedora following the upgrade path away from Gnome 2. It's a _NEW_ project.