[kde-edu]: Inviting the RKWard team to KDE

Thomas Thym ungethym at mevin.net
Wed Aug 25 10:00:16 CEST 2010

2010/8/25 Aleix Pol <aleixpol at kde.org>:
> On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 11:10 PM, Thomas Thym <ungethym at mevin.net> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> although Cantor has some R capabilities, too, RKWard is a very nice
>> (and imho more mature) app. RKWard is based on KDElibs.
>> A couple of days ago the idea to invite the RKWard team to KDE was
>> mentioned on the promo list. We think we could both gain from that.
>> But that's non of our (promo) business.
>> So what do you think?
>> Cheers,
>> Thomas
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Hi Aleix,

thanks for your quick response.

> I'm speaking from the ignorance, but some questions come up.

 I try to answer your reasonable questions.

> What do RKWard developer(s) think?
> Would RKWard developers willing to integrate into cantor at some point in the future?

I have no idea what the RKWard developers think or if they want to
integrate. I have not contacted them yet because I first wanted to
hear you opinion. If it is in your interest I will be pleased to
contact them and ask them about their opinion.

> What does RKWard do that Cantor doesn't? Is it really the same application?

RKWard is an Data Analysis Tool doing only statistics with R (no
mathematics). I use it for the analysis of thousands of my datasets
(regression, correlation, ...). You can easily import your data, do
your analysis of plots via menus. You don't have to "program" R (but
of cause you could). There are many tutorials out there and from a
google search I know that it is used in some universities.

I (rarely) use Cantor and if, then for mathematical functions. I have
to admit that I could integrate Maxima (and KAlgebra) into Cantor but
could NOT manage to integrate R. So I don't know the R capabilities of

Imho RKWard would enrich our application portfolio and helps us to
present a more complete application set to our users. RKWard could
profit from our popularity and visibility and could join a fantastic

Shall I ask the RKWard devels what they think? Would one of the
developers or the module maintainer ask? Or do we want to focus on
Cantor only (and git migration, and, and, and all the other tasks)?


> Aleix

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