Sponsorship agreement with Blue Systems is coming to an end, the team is focused on Linux Mint 16, and Cinnamon 2.0 will use its own backend. The next LMDE update pack was prepared this week and should arrive into incoming next week (will upgrade MATE to 1.6, Firefox to 23 and Thunderbird to 17.0.8).
Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10’s Mir has docked (theregister.co.uk)
“So what does Mir in Ubuntu 13.10 mean? For most users, hopefully nothing.”