Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Scott James Remnant scott at canonical.com
Tue Jun 2 08:36:51 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-06-02 at 08:57 +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:

> Max Bowsher [2009-06-01 23:41 +0100]:
> > To my mind, the power-of-2 grouping is sufficiently intrinsic to the
> > nature of bytes, whilst the "kibi mebi gibi tebi" stuff not only sounds
> > and looks stupid, but loses a great deal of clarity by making all of the
> > prefixes differ only in a single syllable.
> As far as I can see, the predominant opinion seems to be to fix "701.2
> MB" to be "735.2 MB", not "701.2 MiB".

That way we show a correct figure, and nobody needs learn a new unit.

It also happens to match the standard for storage and bandwidth, and is
what other operating systems are also tending to use (thus it's more
likely this is what packaging will use).

Scott James Remnant
scott at canonical.com
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