@Craig: ;-) Maven AI starts... I'm a Maven robot
You don't need to install Maven on any platforms... Just use the one which included in Eclipse / VSC / IntelliJ... Yes, Eclipse has an integrated Maven version in each distro.
So yes it is easier, since you don't need to install anything in Eclipse ;-)
To create a new project, if you use TBroyer Maven Archetype, just use "new Maven project"
and you can search for "net.ltgt.gwt.archetypes"
in the filter. Doc about this: https://github.com/tbroyer/gwt-maven-archetypes
(gwt-boot still doesn't have an archetype ;-) but anyway the pom.xml is quite simple)
To run also very simple with Eclipse: "run as... Maven build...". You then can save e.g. "clean install" in that run config and can use it repeatable with just one click. So very Eclipse like ;-)
I cannot see it easier, also not with the GWT Eclipse plugin...
My 2 robot cents