MATE Developers are now working towards MATE 1.8 after most of the leftover bugs were squashed. They have now released MATE 1.7.0 for some of the basic components of MATE, such as mate-common, mate-desktop, and libmatekbd. More components will be upgraded to 1.7.0 in the future.
Our MSB Git Repo has now been split into two branches, master and 1.6. Binary packages will still be built for Slackware 14.0 and it will be based on 1.6 branch, while master will follow upstream workflow and go with MATE 1.7. Please read our GIT_BRANCHES.TXT documentation for more information about this changes.