kB in KDiskFreeSpace and others

Thiago Macieira thiago at kde.org
Fri Mar 28 07:32:42 GMT 2008

Jeff Mitchell wrote:
>KDiskFreeSpace remarks that it returns kB.  This means kilobyte, which,
>although not necessarily in popular terminology, is technically defined
> by SI as 1000 bytes.

Well, no, it isn't. Byte isn't an SI unit, which means kB isn't defined as 
anything. By popular usage, it's 1024 bytes of 8-bits.

However, we're going towards the KiB acronym, for which there's no such 
ambiguity. Whether anyone says "kibibyte" aloud remains to be seen 
("kays", "megs" and "gigs" are more common aloud).

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