Now that you have the high-level view, let's get our hands dirty mucking around in some build scripts. The general process follows the usual
make install routine that you may already have performed with other software.
The official installation instructions are in the Node wiki at: https://github.com/ry/node/wiki/Installation
As noted a minute ago there are three prerequisites, a C compiler, Python, and the OpenSSL libraries. The Node installation process checks for their presence and will fail if the C compiler or Python is not present. The specific method of installing these is dependent on your operating system.
These commands will check ...