"Perhaps there is an easier way of achieving this - if so please share"
Yes, you need a Xandros package. That way it'll install like every other bit of optional software on your eeePC. It will automatically stick an icon in your program launcher and you're done.
ATM, work needs to be done on rpcemu to allow it to be easily installed system wide. But is it not better that done that creating an elaborate, one application specific, method of installing software on one set of hardware?
Linux package management and application installation is a solved problem, we just need to make use of it.