From email@example.com Fri Aug 30 09:45:14 1991 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Stallman) Newsgroups: gnu.announce Subject: Democracy Triumphs in Disk Units Date: 28 Aug 91 10:09:19 GMT Distribution: gnu Organization: GNUs Not Usenet
Last week users poured out into the streets of the network to rally to the cause of 1024-byte blocks for measuring disk space. When people finally chose sides, it was amazing how few actually stood with the POSIX Central Committee and its apparatchiks. Only 20 out of 750 supported the 512ist coup.
In the aftermath, the GNU system has declared its independence, throwing off the power of the POSIX party. We are rapidly moving to eliminate all vestage of 512ist domination. We have already taken direct control of df, du, and several other programs, converting them to use 1024-byte units for measuring output, and to provide ways to specify input quantities in units of K.
We promise to respect the rights of minorities--even tiny ones. So there will be options to request output in units of 512. Even those who cannot bear to deviate from the POSIX party line will be provided for--they can define the environment variable POSIX_ME_HARDER.
But what we really hope is that the POSIX party will itself modernize its hardline position, and add its support to 1024ist reform. If the KGB could do it, there must at least be a chance for POSIX.