Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 02:58:45 UTC 2009

On Sunday 31 May 2009 9:12:37 pm Christopher Chan wrote:
> Disk storage is expressed in multiples of 1024 under any 
> operating system. base-10 kilobytes/kilobits/whateverbytes/whateverbits 
> are only used by disk manufacturers (hence the 'discrepancy' between 
> that the label on the disk says and what the operating system says) and 
> misconceptions of certain network equipment manufacturers (eg: 
> 100megabit/1000megabit) being base-10.

Are you sure?  Usually I see Windows users in #ubuntu complaining that Ubuntu 
only sees 112GB of their 120GB drive while Windows sees all 120GB.  This then 
results in an explanation that "no no, see Ubuntu says GiB, not GB, and that 
little i in there means it's Gibibytes which the IEEE has decided means 1024-
based, not 1000-based which is Gigabytes and the way the manufacturer measures 
so that they can give you fewer Gibibytes and pretend it's just as many."

Mackenzie Morgan
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