Solved this dilema by doing it on FreeBSD (which has an existing, working port of the bitoin software)
I know I could run the linux binary using the emulation layer, but I like to "go native" whenever possible (I have a couple CPU miners running native already).
The issue I'm running in to is apparently with boost.
One of the numerous errors the compile chokes out is "BOOST_FOREACH was not declared in this scope" - yet I have boost/boost libs installed.
I can provide the full error stream if any OpenBSD familiar folks are interested or could help.
If anybody has successfully gotten it to compile on Open/Free/Other BSD I'd greatly appreciate your input (did you have to point to specific directories during configure/build, etc).
Alternately, is there an alternative -like FreeCoin- that you've built on OpenBSD? (I want to be able to check balance, transfer bitcoin, etc. just like the bitcoin native client does)