This was recently discussed on IRC so I'm raising a JIRA to track further comments and gauge interest: Should ODE consider adopting a Maven 2 (or maven 3) build?
Maven has become widely adopted for open source and is used for many popular Apache projects. Developers coming to ODE are likely to be familiar with maven and already be using tools (such as IDEs, continuous integration servers, etc) that have built-in support for maven poms. In some scenarios the more complex maven dependency mechanisms for transitive and scoped dependencies would be useful for ODE developers and users.
Is the ODE community interested in a maven-based build? Can maven handle the complexities of ODE's packaging?