While building the latest Erlang distribution from sources (R13B04 at the time of writing) is not too difficult on Ubuntu (see my last post on this blog), it is a royal pain to do so for all of your machines every time you upgrade your distribution. The bundled erlang with Ubuntu is always a few steps behind the latest official release of Erlang so doing "sudo apt-get install erlang" is not an option.So for all the people who would like to stay up to date and yet not have to bother with configuring and building erlang from sources, I have created a debian package of erlang R13B04 with wx configured and with all the docs included.
Get the erlang deb file for Ubuntu 10.04 from freesoftwarefreeworld.com. The release has wx support (which is difficult to get configured correctly when building from sources) and the PDF docs, HTML docs, and the man pages are also included. This is the first deb package I created so it is admittedly a bit rough (though it should work fine). I will be refining the deb file every once in a while, and keep it up to date with the latest released erlang sources. So keep your eyes peeled for updates on this blog!
I'm thinking of building a deb package for bleeding edge erlang from it's git repository as well. Please let me know if you think it's a good idea.