I’m finding it more and more difficult to use Anaconda as a base for installs because it seems there’s so much there that when adding new packages never “Solving environment” fails. As such I’m finding myself resorting to Miniconda. It would be nice, and make configuration management easier, if the Anaconda and Miniconda releases were more closely synchronized. Better yet, have a “switch” in the Anaconda installer that would just install a minimal, base, installation (i.e. equivalent to a Miniconda install).
Another possible benefit is that with a clean, minimal, Anaconda install one could think about publishing package “profiles” for use with conda install that would target specific application domains without having to all or nothing packages.
Just a suggestion/thought.