A nice post by Tim O'Brien on the well-known criticism about Maven - “every time you run Maven, it downloads the Internet.” -
'Maven 3.x will be the version Maven for the people', says Jason van Zyl, and it does look promising!
At the moment there is a 3.0.alpha.6 version released, and I could't find any roadmap or dates for the planned main release yet.
I didn't have a chance to "play around" enough with this release to be able to say that all that promised is there :), but I've summarized some main issues from the Maven 3.x previews I found in several blogs/presentations/apache info pages:
* Backward compatibility