The new Maven 2.2.0 requires Java 5
The Maven development team has released version 2.2.0 of its popular Java build tool. The new version requires Java 5, a requirement the developers would have liked to have seen implemented in the previous 2.1.0 version, but for compatibility reasons were forced to delay until now.
The release also includes numerous revisions which should bring greater stability and implement a number of less critical bug fixes.
Maven is an Apache project for describing build processes. It includes free Make alternative Ant and can be used in conjunction with version control systems such as Subversion. Its plugin architecture allows the build process to be extended as needed. Maven can be used to manage project builds, reporting and documentation from a central point.