Ubuntu Policy: prefixes for multiples of units

Didier Roche didrocks at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 06:44:48 BST 2008

2008/9/28 Laurent <moky.math at gmail.com>:
>  My two cents (the IMHO of a "end-user")
> First time I saw "Gi" or "Mi", I was absolutelly not confused : I just
> interpreted that as a mistake for "G" and "M". (at that moment, I had
> not a clue of the power two Vs power ten issue)
> I almost filled a bug report like "please use the right prefixes : M for
> mega and G for giga".
> Anyway, I think that people who don't need to know the difference will
> not be disturbed by seeing "Mi" instead of "M", while people who need to
> know the precise size will appreciate to know that when they read "M",
> it is 10^6 and when they read "Mi", it means 2^20.

FYI, it's been a long time (from hoary maybe?) that the French GNOME
translation used "Gi" and "Mi" in nautilus and others applications. We
do not have a bunch of question about this particular unit in forums
(maybe some people even doesn't look about it!) and we could so stick
to the norm, which is better IMHO.


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