From my debian desktop I ssh over to a remote solaris server. One...
of the disappointing things about this setup is I see everything as
black and white. For e.g. a gnu ls --color does not give color but
only various shades of black and white.
Try playing around with the TERM setting. Setting it to TERM=xterm,
on the client before the ssh may help. You may also need to set the
TERM on the Solaris server.
Let me know if it works out for you.