As I said before, I use SimplyMEPIS 3.3.2 which also is Debian-based, so I know how APT & .deb's & repositories & KPackage work. I have almost no direct experience w/ Linspire, but have read about it a fair amount as a possible standard recommendation to "Winders" converts here in Houston. Because the Debian system is so easy, I almost never touch tarball installs (the proverbial 11-foot pole comes to mind).
Why did you try to install arping
the way you did? Did an install through CNR fail? When you are using a Debian-based system, you should always try its packages & repos first. "It just works!"(tm
If you haven't learned how to use APT
(or the GUI based KPackage
), learn. In Linspire, also learn CNR. If you already know how, please don't take offense @ this suggestion.