Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)
christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Jun 1 07:41:40 UTC 2009
Benjamin Drung wrote:
> I hope this mailing list is the right place to discuss the problem.
No, I now feel old because of your post.
> There is currently an inconsistency with units across the Ubuntu
> desktop. Some applications (such as gvfs) use legacy units, such as a
> 1024-byte kilobyte. Others (such as System Monitor) use international
> standard units, such as a 1000-byte kilobyte. Ubuntu should decide its
> units philosophy and apply it consistently across the desktop.
[looks up links]
> Ubuntu should use following convention:
> k- = 1,000, M- = 1,000,000, ...
> Ki- = 1,024, Mi- = 1,048,576, ...
> Here are some pro arguments:
> * The users want it. Look at brainstorm:
> * The Linux kernel uses it (man units).
> * It is standardised.
> * It would avoid ambiguity and consumer confusion:
Yeah, yeah. I guess I now know how an old dog feels. /me goes off to
practice saying: kibibyte, megibyte, gibibyte, tebibyte. /me swats the
first bee he sees. /me uses a GNOME as a decoy for the angry bees coming
after him. /me gets a stiff jaw.
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