Installing Node.js on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is pretty straight forward.
You will want a Node.js versioning manager. Node.js has a quick release cycle, point releases happen quite frequently. A Node.js versioning manager will help you keep all of your versions isolated from each other.
As it stands today, there are four Node.js version managers. They are:
Use NVM. Seriously, it just works.
On your clean Ubuntu machine, make sure that Git is installed:
sudo apt-get install git-core
Then install NVM:
git clone git://github.com/creationix/nvm.git ~/.nvm . ~/.nvm/nvm.sh # <------ be sure to add this line to the end of your ~./profile or ~./bashrc file
Now install all of the packages need to build Node.js:
sudo apt-get install build-essential openssl libssl-dev pkg-config
Now install the latest version of Node.js, at the time of this writing it's v0.6.9
nvm install v0.6.9
You now have a Node.js environment on your machine! Just run
the command line to experiment with the Node.js REPL. You can also run
npm to install Node.js packages. Read more about NPM
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