You can always just distribute the jsondb file. That is the latest openHAB state you can get.
I assume that will always be related to the installed version of OpenHab.
It would make testing an upgrade very hard.
That is when we upgrade, we either save the new json file and upload it to a source control system, yet we loose all changes done later or we loose the option to go back.
I now install snapshots very regularly, play around it with an evening, to test if it solves a problem, if it doesn’t or gives me other problems, I just go back to an older install, yet all the changes I made to any configuration I don’t loose.
If I can’t do that, it would limit my tests to snapshots to moment I have a lot more time. That would mean weekends, which limits it typically to 1 weekend a month or so.
(where it’s now more or less once every week)
So it slows down feedback loops from my and probably a lot of others.