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Thread: Base-1024 Bytes?

  1. #1
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    Base-1024 Bytes?

    Hi,

    So, I just installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop (I used it before, but not very much), and I noticed that GNOME is showing bytes with a base 1000 system.

    As in, my 1TB external shows as a 1TB drive, not 900-something MB like it does in Windows.

    As much as that's cool, I'm really used to base-1024 bytes and file sizes, and want to switch mine to that.

    Does anyone know how to change Ubuntu so that it uses base 1024? Thanks!

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    Re: Base-1024 Bytes?

    nope. dont think you can. by the way, you know Base-1000 systems apply to flash drives and external media anyways, right?

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    Re: Base-1024 Bytes?

    Aww, what?
    So how come with Debian it's default base-1024 but Ubuntu it isn't?

    And my 16GB flash drive shows as 14.9GB in Windows. Blame formatting maybe?

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    Re: Base-1024 Bytes?

    I believe it's intentionally left out per design decision, since the prefixes really are base-10 (kilo, mega, tera, etc) and not base-2 (kibi, mebi, tebi, etc). I guess the devs wanted to put their foot down at some point.

    So 16 GB equals to 14.9 GiB. Calling it 14.9 GB is just... semantically incorrect. :3
    ...

  5. #5
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    Re: Base-1024 Bytes?

    Well, being used to Windows I like my GiB being called GB.

    There's gotta be a way to change it back

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