Thanks, @julian. I just finished the hardware migration of these VMs and I want to move them to a more stable hypervisor/host than my former Windows 7 desktop with VMWare workstation, so this is timely advice.
Installation steps on Debian.
The current steps outline how to compile the package yourself, however, they do now have a version for the raspberry pi, well, up to 0.10.26 anyway.
So might be worth changing the Debian NodeJS section with
wget http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.10.26/node-v0.10.26-linux-arm-pi.tar.gz tar -xvzf node-v0.10.26-linux-arm-pi.tar.gz node-v0.10.26-linux-arm-pi/bin/node --version
You should see: v0.10.26
NODE_JS_HOME=/home/pi/node-v0.10.26-linux-arm-pi PATH=$PATH:$NODE_JS_HOME/bin npm —version
You should see: 1.4.3
Not sure if this helps or not..