Since my recent participation at the QA Hackathon I have become aware that rather more people than I expected do not know the specifics of this situation. Fewer than I expected have heard of it at all, even, although there appears to be some general awareness at the “something happened with that” level at least.
However, the situation is being used to characterise Marc Lehmann whenever his name comes up (and it comes up rather more often than I would expect or consider necessary).
To give a clear picture of the facts and to avoid repeating that exercise every time I have a related conversation, here is an outline of where we are and how we got here.
(Thanks to Andreas König, Graham Knop, and Peter Rabbitson for proofreading drafts of this article and verifying the stated facts.)