Anaconda vs Miniconda - which distri to choose?

hello and good evening

Is it possible to choose Miniconda with let us say the most important packages for

Python
BS4
pandas
requests
time
csv
re

and thinks like that - and besides

vscode
jupyter notebook
jupyter-lab

well - what do you say: see the two articles that may be interesting here

In the Anaconda repository, there are two types of installers:

“Anaconda installers” and “Miniconda installers”.

What are their differences?

Besides, for an installer file, Anaconda2-4.4.0.1-Linux-ppc64le.sh, what does 2-4.4.0.1 stand for?

answer: >> The difference is that miniconda is just shipping the repository management system. So when you install it there is just the management system without packages. Whereas with Anaconda, it is like a distribution with some built in packages.

Like with any Linux distribution, there are some releases which bundles lots of updates for the included packages. That is why there is a difference in version numbering. If you only decide to upgrade Anaconda, you are updating a whole system.

end of citation: see more here python - Anaconda vs. miniconda - Stack Overflow

and see even more here:

  • Update individual packages
  • Updating just the packages in the standard Anaconda Distribution
  • Why updating the Anaconda package is almost always a bad idea
  • Leverage conda environmentso
  • pip, PyPI, and setuptools?

well - the question is: what would you do - which package would you choose - would you go with

a. anaconda, or
b. mini-conda !?

i love to hear from you