Calling KDE Scientists
Are you a (student, grad-student, post-doc, lecturer, professor, working in the big bad private sector) scientist?
Do you use KDE software?
Do you use KDE software for your science?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to two or more of the above then I would love to hear from you.
Update: Well, actually, I have plenty of answers now Thanks very much. I don’t need any more responses, but if you’d like to let me know what you think then by all means go ahead (probably won’t make the article though).
There are (I sense) a few scientists in KDE land and some of us (Luca and myself at least) are beginning to ponder how we can achieve world domination for KDE through the sciences.
We have some pretty cool sciencey apps already:
- Kile (LaTeX)
- Cantor (young, but promising)
- KBibTeX (I crave a Platform 4 port)
- LabPlot (Platform 4 port in progress)
We also have external projects such as SciDAVis that are working with KDE projects (LabPlot in that case).
So, if you can spare some time for me, here’s a mini open interview for you:
(Edit: made it an ordered list for easier answering and added questions 9 and 10 from Luca)
- Who are you and what field to you work in? (Add where and for whom if you’re happy to do so)
- What KDE software do you use in general?
- What KDE software do you use specifically for science?
- Were you aware of all the applications I listed above?
- If not, are there any you weren’t aware of that could be relevant to you?
- What is missing among KDE software for you?
- Would you be interested in a dedicated mailing list/website area for KDE software for scientists?
- What else would you like to tell me?
- If you developed scientific software/algorithms, did you ever consider KDE users/platform as a target? If not, why?
- Did KDE software help you with your research in general? For example, do Kontact or Plasma widgets help keep things orrganised?
I’d like to make you comments up in to some kind of Dot article – they may be edited and it is likely that not everything will be used. You can either drop a comment using the form here or mail me directly at myfirstname.mylastname at gmail.com (if that isn’t obvious then go to the about page and solve a captcha to reveal my email address). If you use the comment form then please use your genuine email address (it is never disclosed) if you’d be willing for me to come back with some follow-up questions.