Matthius - I think you are telling me to install the entire lucid system. Is that right? I think you suggested chroot or a VM as alternative platforms?
I already have a multi-boot system and have even converted to grub2 on my boot partition. I recently eliminated jaunty (hence my desire to eliminate hardy as well), so have some unallocated disk space. Wouldn't it be simpler for me to install lucid as a new bootable system?
If I'm installing a whole new distribution (I am not 100% sure this is what you mean), what is the point? Do you want me to test maven on lucid for your own reasons (I will help if I don't spend too much time)?
However, I want to run maven asap under karmic... I have a lot of non-standard packages because I run ubuntu studio (karmic) on my laptop and also use the same system for software development. What would I gain personally from testing maven under lucid?