The Apache Maven project management framework provides Sakai with "a set of build standards, artifact repository model and a software engine that manages and describes projects" (Better Builds, p. 22). As part of the installation process you will use Maven as a build tool in order to compile, test and deploy Sakai to a servlet container such as Apache Tomcat.
Maven 2.2.1 is the required for performing Sakai 2.8 builds.
Maven 3.0 is currently NOT compatible with Sakai 2.8.
You can download Maven at
Extract the distribution archive into your installation directory of choice, e.g.
/opt/maven/apache-maven-2.2.1. Confirm that you have installed the correct version of Maven and can start it by issuing
mvn --version from the terminal. At this point your environment is prepared to build and deploy the Sakai source code.