Finally got alphacentauri up and running. Solaris is slightly more amenable once gcc is installed. Slightly.
I decided to take the plunge and updated my main server to potato ("yes-its-really-frozen-this-time"). The only painful part was downloading 250 megs over a 56K modem. Took me three nights to download it all, but thanks to apt, the only problem I encountered was due to bind's config changing locations.