Were thrilled to announce the release of Anaconda Distribution 5.0! With over 4.5 million active users, Anaconda Distribution is the worlds most popular and trusted distribution for data science. It allows you to easily install 1,000+ Python and R data science packages and manage your packages, dependencies, and environmentsall with the single click of a button.You can now download and install Anaconda Distribution 5.0, or update your current Anaconda Distribution installation to version 5.0 by using
conda update conda followed by
conda install anaconda=5.0 .In other news, you may have noticed that Continuum Analytics has been renamed to Anaconda! The name change has been a long time coming, and reinforces our commitment to the growing Anaconda open source community. Check out this blog post from our CEO to learn more.Highlights of Anaconda Distribution 5.0:
pkgs/main, has been added to
defaults. The new channel is given top priority within
defaultsand holds packages built with the new compiler stack.
Full release notes: https://docs.anaconda.com/anaconda/release-notes
The Anaconda 5.0 release used very modern compilers to rebuild almost everything (~99.5%) provided in the installers for x86 Linux and MacOS. This enables Anaconda users to get the benefits of the latest compilers still allowing support for older operating systemsback to MacOS 10.9 and CentOS 6. Our own builds of GCC 7.2 (Linux) and Clang 4.0.1 (MacOS) are used, and every reasonable security flag has been enabled. CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS are no longer managed by each package; instead compiler activation sets them globally.
The packages built with the new compilers are in a different channel from packages built the old way, and as we build out this new channel, we will eventually be able to change the default experience to only using these packages. Interested in using this approach to build your own conda packages? Stay tuned for a more developer-focused blog post!
With the rising popularity of Anaconda and conda, the conda packaging community conda-forge has emerged and grown tremendously in the last couple of years. This flourishing community has already built over 3,200 different packages and contributes new recipes and recipe updates daily. In the process of developing Anaconda Distribution 5.0, we built off of conda-forge recipes in an effort to better integrate with this growing community and more easily contribute back.