These are needed for building and running.
sudo apt-get install build-essential python
Build & Install
download the latest NodeJS source code.
wget -N http://nodejs.org/dist/node-latest.tar.gz
Decompress and enter the directory.
tar -xvzf node-latest.tar.gz cd node-v*
Configure the make file for my machine then build and install as a root user.
./configure make sudo make install
Test to make sure it was installed.
node -v npm version
I should follow the instructions on the official MongoDB manual.