It would be nice to have a Karaf maven plugin whereby a Karaf instance could be used within a maven project. Some features would include the following:
1) Life-cycle management capabilities - The ability to perform life-cycle management operations within maven.
2) Provisioning - The ability to provision the instance by referencing a features.xml in the project.
3) Testing - The ability to have maven tests outside of the container run against the instance of Karaf running inside maven.
4) Platform independent - The above features will be able to run unchanged across mutliple supported operating systems.