I’m trying to ease the process of notebook deployment in a classroom environment. To me, JupyterLab seems to offer a more friendly UX than the ascetic UI of a standard Jupyter Notebook. However, widgets don’t work for me, neither in my local Anaconda environment (latest, using Jupyterlab 0.35.4) nor in Microsoft Azure Notebooks and this is a well known problem. When run as a standard Jupyter notebook, everything’s fine.
My question is: Why is such a dated (2015?) version the standard? There seems to be a release frenzy (> 4000 releases as of today!) but this doesn’t reach downstream distributions. What is the reason behind this?