What is MATE?
MATE is a fork of GNOME 2.
It provides an intuitive and attractive desktop to Linux users using traditional metaphors.
Where does the name come from?
The name “MATE” comes from yerba maté, a species of holly native to subtropical South America. Its leaves contain caffeine and are used to make infusions and a beverage called mate.
Which distributions provide MATE?
MATE Community provides packages for a lot of other distributions. You can see the full list here.