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    File size reporting (base 10 vs base 2) in Ubuntu 10.10

    According to this report, Ubuntu changed to SI units starting with 10.10. (like Apple did with Snow Leopard).

    http://www.neowin.net/news/ubuntu-im...future-release

    So, 1 kB = 1000 Bytes, 1 MB = 1000 kB, 1GB = 1000 MB and so on:

    I've recently installed Ubuntu ver. 10.10 with Wubi, but now I noticed that the file sizes are still displayed according to the binary convention (1 kB = 1024 Bytes).

    Why is that?

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    Re: File size reporting (base 10 vs base 2) in Ubuntu 10.10

    ... or could some of you do the following, please?

    Look at an arbitrary file on your system and write down the size as reported by Ubuntu 10.10 (both in number of bytes and in kB/MB/GB).

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    Re: File size reporting (base 10 vs base 2) in Ubuntu 10.10

    There are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.
    Dan
    I wish my computer would do what I wanted it to do instead of what I told it to do.

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    Re: File size reporting (base 10 vs base 2) in Ubuntu 10.10

    Wait...

    So does Ubuntu 10 (and 11) use the standard base 2 notation or did it get changed to base 10 like they had threatened it would? I have never updated Ubuntu specifically to avoid the base 10 numbering (well, that and the left hand window minimize/maximize/close buttons, but that can be fixed).

    Have I been avoiding upgrading for the last three years for no real reason?

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    Re: File size reporting (base 10 vs base 2) in Ubuntu 10.10

    Quote Originally Posted by sombathely View Post
    ... or could some of you do the following, please?

    Look at an arbitrary file on your system and write down the size as reported by Ubuntu 10.10 (both in number of bytes and in kB/MB/GB).
    My 10.10 install is still reading correct sizes (not base ten). Scary to think that they may adopt it.

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