Sun’s Tim Bray on the Day Sun Released Java Under GPL — “There Will be Lots of Forks and I Approve”

Oracle has some exhibits that were entered last week in the Oracle v. Google trial, and they’ve put some of them up on their website. One of them has a link in an email from 2006, and so I followed it, and you can too. You’ll find the link on page 32 of this collection [PDF] of Oracle exhibits.

Lo and behold, it takes you to then-Sun employee Tim Bray’s blog back on the day that Sun released Java under the GPL. I wonder if Oracle followed that link, because if I were Oracle, it’s the last thing I’d want the public or the jury to see. Bray explains the choice of the GPL by Sun and says that he not only expects forks, he approves of them. Let me show you.