I'm running Windows XP and eeeXubuntu on my Eee PC right now, so I can't offer a ton of details, but members of the EeeUser forums are reporting that Asus has added a bunch of software updates to the Eee PC repositories. So if you're still running the Xandros operating system that came with your Eee PC, you should be able to access the updates using the Add/Remove program tool. If that doesn't work, you can try opening the Synaptic Package Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal and typing "sudo synaptic."

There are apparently updates for Firefox, OpenOffice.org and other applications. That's the good news. The bad news is that you'll lose a lot of disk space if you install these updates unless you've removed the UnionFS file system that the Eee PC uses out of the box.

In a nutshell, the Eee PC has two main hard drive partitions. There's a read/write partition where all of your settings are stored. This is also where any applications you install are saved. And there' s a read-only partition that contains the operating system files and all of the software that came with your computer. So when you install an updated version of OpenOffice.org, which is a fairly large program to begin with, you're not replacing the old version. Instead, you're installing a fresh copy to the user portion of your hard drive, which means you basically have two versions of the same large program taking up space.

I'd definitely recommend installing any updates you need, but beware that you will lose storage space when you do so.


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