Ubuntu Desktop Unit Consistency (LP: #369525)

Stephan Hermann sh at sourcecode.de
Wed Jun 3 06:45:57 UTC 2009


On Thu, 28 May 2009 23:23:42 +0200
Benjamin Drung <benjamin.drung at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I hope this mailing list is the right place to discuss the problem.
> 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.

It's funny to read this whole thread about pro and cons of such a
Being myself a fan of Base2 (which means I'm old somehow), I'm not
convinced about such a change only in Ubuntu.

If we want to change the naming of MB (base2) into MiB (which actually
is the real Base2) it needs to be done on basement level. 

Basement level means, that everybody needs to sit on the round
table...libc, kernel, gnome, kde, linux, bsd, solaris, aix, win, cisco,
uniper, etc.

We are not alone...and I tend to use more then just Ubuntu on my
machines...sad but true.

If we don't talk about those changes in a global community, we will
have a second Tower of Babel

My 2Cent,


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