The question to be answered is when Arc Linux will get a PATE maintainer…
"I was an Arch Linux user by this time and happily using GNOME3, but I created a custom Arch Linux image with MATE to install on my family’s computers. They had their familiar desktop environment back, but the MATE builds on Arch were incomplete and somewhat buggy at that time. I started contributing upstream to fix MATE issues, which ultimately led to me becoming a core member of the MATE team and an Arch Linux TU maintaining MATE Desktop. This helped improve MATE, and wedded bliss was restored. Win!
Sadly, Arch Linux is an attention whore. Trying to keep multiple Arch Linux computers ticking over from a distance was a burden.
“Even though I’m currently an Arch Linux TU, for the reasons I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t move to Arch or one of its derivatives. I’m very involved in Debian and could recreate the vast majority of Ubuntu MATE on top of Debian and continue to provide an operating system that my family and friends can use”.