Hardy just mentioned this in #dspace IRC.
If you look at the newly generated 1.8.0 RC1 Zip/Tarball installers in SourceForge:
You'll notice the 'release.zip' is currently structured differently than the 'src-release.zip'. I'm not sure if this was something we meant to change, or if it was an accidental change during the Maven 3 work.
The 'src-release.zip' has the following "normal" folder structure:
However the 'release.zip' only includes the contents of the [dspace-source]/dspace/ directory, and has this folder structure:
In the past, this 'release.zip' just included one folder:
It seems like we'd probably still want them to be structured similarly as in the past, in order to keep installation instructions consistent (and to ensure there is a common definition of the [dspace-source] directory)?