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OpenOffice.org Base is absolute crap. It seems as though OO.o rushed it out of production. It wouldn't connect to my MySQL server until I tried several different versions of JRE to get it to work. The most routine things like adding records to fields are painful or impossible to do for a new user. The GUI needs a facelift.
Is there any alternative? I would use Access, but I removed Windows and CrossOver Office doesn't support it. I'm contemplating switching back to Windows, and I've been running only Linux for over a year now. I can't believe how lacking OSS is in terms of a usable database program.
Try the MySQL Query Browser for linux. It's built by MySQL AB. It has a lot of features including exporting resultsets, loading and running scripts.
As a complement to this you might want to use MySQL Administrator. You can use it for backup and database administration.
They are both avaliable for free download at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/
I'm definitely looking for a really-good database access program, on par with Microsoft Access or Paradox for Windows, which runs native. I see no reason why such a thing should be hard to find, and paying money for it doesn't bother me.
I cast my vote for phpmyadmin as well. I can see the utility of a file based DB, but phpmyadmin works so well. Access and myodbc work also. But you already said you didn't have a Windows machine anymore, didn't you?