I would like to understand why we seem to prefer to use the byte unit instead of octet unit (because I used more commonly the octet unit at work, at home, ...).
What are the reasons for describing sizes in bytes, or for describing them in octets? Are there good reasons to prefer one over the other when writing and editing posts?
Here you can find few original posts that I already edited, where OP explain data size / memory size using octet unit :
- https://askubuntu.com/revisions/1064085/1 (that one is old, and I use octet, which was corrected)
The most useful answers would describe, as best as possible, each reason to prefer bytes (if that is preferred). Solid sources would help very much, because this unit choice greatly affects how I edit new users' posts--and I don't think I'm alone in this. Often new users' posts contain incomplete or confusing units, and some decision has to be made about how to improve them.
Note that octet-based units are abbreviated as Mo, Go, while it's MB, GB, ... for byte-based unit.
(I asked it about this previously in the Ask Ubuntu General Room, but the question needs some research and is more suitable for meta.)