Since I'm more of an OS X/FreeBSD/Linux person lately, I've gotten a bit out of touch with Solaris administration. I was quite pleasently surprised to find CSW - Community SoftWare for Solaris which includes hundreds of pre-built packages for Solaris. More importantly, it provided the three I really needed and didn't have time to build. :-)
The system is really well constructed. I highly recommend it to everyone. Give this project your support!