Trouble getting started with Ember exercises on Ubuntu

I recently had to deal with an issue running bin/setup for the new Ember trail. I wanted to post a solution here in case anyone else runs into a similar issue.

When running bin/setup on Ubuntu it’s possible to see the following error:

sh: 1: node: not found 
npm WARN This failure might be due to the use of legacy binary "node" 
npm WARN For further explanations, please read 

Following the instructions found here, this error is resolved by running:

sudo apt-get install nodejs-legacy

Now bin/setup should continue as expected.

The official Ubuntu repositories are out of date for some libraries, NodeJS included.

Here are instructions on installing the newest version on Ubuntu 14.04 server (works on desktop as well).

Note that the instructions boil down to:

# Install curl
sudo apt-get install curl

# Add a PPA (personal package archive) maintained by NodeSource
curl -sL | sudo bash -

# Run this command after changing source list
sudo apt-get update

# Upgrade any installed dependancies
sudo apt-get upgrade

# Install the latest version of NodeJS
# note that NPM is now packaged with it
sudo apt-get install nodejs

Now you should be able to run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade when a new version of node is released.