From January 24th

Microsoft has taken a few steps in the right direction, such as releasing some small but important components of Windows as free software. We want them to accelerate these changes. We need Microsoft to prove to the world that their “love” of free software isn’t just an ad campaign, and that they aren’t just reaping the benefits of free software in order to exploit users by pushing them into relying on Service as a Software Substitute.

They can do this by releasing Windows 7 under a free software license. The history of free software has shown us that software doesn’t have to expire, and can even be written to last fifty years. And now that this version of their operating system has reached its “end-of-life,” they have no good reason not to.

Our petition has shot past the goal of 7,777 signers, but we encourage you to add your voice as well! Keep an eye on our Web site and social media accounts to see what we’ll be doing next.

Sign the petition here by February 5!

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In my attempt to learn more about the front end of web applications, I have been doing a whole series of courses belonging to the Udemy platform. From time to time they make offers and I have not hesitated to buy all the courses taught by Stephen Grider. Stephen is a very good teacher, his explanations are very deep and very well documented.

Server Side Rendering with React and Redux course caught my attention:

The learned:

  • Understand the challenges of Server Side Rendering
  • Build a server side rendering boilerplate project
  • Use React, Redux, and React Router to conquer Search Engine Optimization
  • Master techniques for data loading on the server
  • Construct server architectures that can easily scale for large apps

The course indicated that rendering from the server increased the speed of the initial site load. In the final stages of the course code was implemented to perform SEO (Seach Engine Optimization) but no in-depth explanation was given.

To complete information, I have done a search on the web and found a link that brings us more light on the subject. It seems that applications created with React or Angular have problems for Google to position them on the web (SEO problems). They also have performance issues when trying to load the first page. The link mentioned above is

The implemented code is available in the GitHub repository:

In the near future I will return to the topic to deepen a little more.