The version of Xandros Linux that Asus ships with Linux versions of its Eee PC line isn’t exactly the most frequently updated Linux disribution in the world. So if you want to make sure you’ve got the latest versions of software like Pidgin, Firefox, and other applications loaded into the read-only section of your netbook or nettop’s storage space, you might want to check out XEPC.
You can use XEPC to install a tweaked version of Xandros that has up to date versions of all the applications Asus preloads, plus a few extras like WINE for running some Windows applications. The advantage of using XEPC to update your software instead of just downloading and installing updates yourself is that the applications will be stored on the Eee PC’s write-only partition instead of eating up valuable space on your user partition.
XEPC can also be used to install Xandros on Eee PCs running Windows XP. The latest version of XEPC should work with most Eee PC models. You can read more about the project at its blog or at the EeeUser forums.