I just want to clarify a couple of things here for those who may not follow the discussion on the forums:
I'm just an end user with no actual computer training and I respect your opinions as developers with true technical knowledge in this field. I hope you can respect my opinion as well. As I'm the only subscriber to this thread ATM I assure you I have no intention of debating this ad nauseam, now that I understand what's up I'll adjust to it, but I just want to point out how this effects the common end user such as myself.
Point #1: CD's are marketed and labeled as 700MB. (I've never bought discs that would make me aware that, "Your CD is actually 734 MB = 700 MiB." BTW that quote is taken from Endolith's post here:
Point #2: Currently the devs that put up the Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and Kubuntu daily builds show the size incorrectly according to Chris Coulson: "Your issue is that the web page is using the SI prefix for presenting a base 2 number, which is incorrect (718 * (10^6/2^20) = 685)". That comes from post #2 of this report. So they must all change to using your new "correct" method?
Point #3: If the daily builds, the iso testing builds, and the release announcements themselves all adopt this standard, as described above, won't most end users, such as myself, think they would then need to use a DVD or Flash Drive? How would that work? I'd really like an answer to that one!
Point #4: At this time I'm multi-booting Win XP, Hardy, Jaunty, Karmic, Lucid, Mint Gloria, Fedora 12, and Debian Squeeze. I even tried the current Lucid Thunar and it still follows the old behavior. Only Lucid's Nautilus employs this new policy, is this really a good move given points #1, #2, and #3 above?
In conclusion, as an "uneducated" end user, I must say I don't see how this can work without getting the disc manufacturers to clarify the difference between MB and MiB, do you really think you can bring that about?
I guess we'll all need to get re-educated to keep using Ubuntu.