If you're looking to run the latest Node.JS on the Raspberry Pi, you've come to the right place.
More improvements to come, follow @gflarity for updates.
Download a binary available in the Downloads section, then:
tar xzf node-v0.8.2.tar.gz sudo cp -R ./node-v0.8.2/* /
Building is a bit trickier, follow along.
First install some dependencies:
sudo apt-get install git-core build-essential libssl-dev
Grab the NodePi and Node.JS source and checkout the version you want:
git clone https://github.com/gflarity/node_pi.git git clone https://github.com/joyent/node.git cd node git checkout origin/v0.8.2-release -b v0.8.2-release
Now apply the patch appropriate for your version of Node.js:
git apply --stat ../node_pi/v0.8.2-release-raspberrypi.patch
Then set the following exports for use during compilation:
export GYP_DEFINES="armv7=0" export CCFLAGS='-march=armv6' export CXXFLAGS='-march=armv6'`
Now make and make install with the environment variables exported above. If you don't include these it'll try to re-compile everything. As if that weren't bad enough, it'll also probably not compile as there's a reason we included them in the first place!
make sudo GYP_DEFINES="armv7=0" CCFLAGS='-march=armv6' CXXFLAGS='-march=armv6' make install
To install it global simply copy the contents resurisively to root:
sudo cp -vR /tmp/node-v0.8.2/* /