Wolciph over on the Bitcoin forums wrote a bash script specifically for 11.04. You haven't posted your specific build errors, but I'm guessing that the problem is with the wxWidgets lib and you'll probably have less issues when the main Bitcoin client eventually moves over to Qt (which I believe is in the works, correct me if I'm wrong). In case the link to the script eventually goes down, here it is:
#!/bin/bash echo "DISCLAIMER: you are using this script at your own discretion! By typing 'c', you agree that you have read the script yourself and have understood it and that you will thus take full responsabilty in the eventuality that this script leads to any harm to you or your property. If you do not agree type 'n'" read -n 1 r [ "$r" = 'c' ] || exit 0 set -e echo "You will be prompted to enter your password in order to install necessary dependencies." sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtk2.0-dev libssl-dev libdb4.7-dev libdb4.7++-dev libboost-all-dev sudo apt-get build-dep libwxgtk2.8-dev mkdir bitcoin || true cd bitcoin [ -e wxWidgets.tar.gz ] || wget "http://biolpc22.york.ac.uk/pub/Daily_HEAD/wxWidgets.tar.gz" [ -e wxWidgets ] || tar -xvzf wxWidgets.tar.gz cd wxWidgets ./configure make -j3 sudo make install sudo ldconfig cd .. [ -e miniupnpc*.tar.gz ] || wget "http://miniupnp.tuxfamily.org/files/download.php?file=miniupnpc-1.5.tar.gz" [ -e miniupnpc*/ ] || tar -xvzf *miniupnpc*.tar.gz cd *miniupnpc*/ make sudo make install cd .. #for some reason, github's certificate doesn't work: [ -e bitcoin*.tar.gz ] || wget --no-check-certificate "https://www.github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/tarball/v0.3.21" [ -e bitcoin*/ ] || tar -xvzf "v0.3.21" cd bitcoin*/ make -f makefile.unix #optional: strip bitcoin echo "Bitcoin is now compiled : '$PWD/bitcoin'" echo "Launch bitcoin now? (y/n)" read -n1 r [[ "$r" = y ]] && ./bitcoin cd ..