Thanks david_ross. You gave me the push I needed.
For those reading for solution:
What I did is found the my.cnf in /etc/mysql/my.cnf and opened it after installing nano editor. Here are the steps:
I got nano (my favorite editor) from www.nano-editor.org/
for Debian ( I am using Xandros)
I loaded nano using dpkg -i nano*
I commented out a line in my.cnf that reads "skip-networking" about 47 lines into file.