Leveraging conda to install packages

If you've decided to install an Anaconda distribution, you can take advantage of the conda binary installer we mentioned previously. conda is an open source package management system, and consequently, it can be installed separately from an Anaconda distribution. The core difference from pip is that conda can be used to install any package (not just Python's ones) in a conda environment (that is, an environment where you have installed conda and you are using it for providing packages). There are many advantages in using conda over pip,  as described by Jack VanderPlas in this famous blog post of his: jakevdp.github.io/blog/2016/08/25/conda-myths-and-misconceptions.

You can test immediately whether conda ...

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