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I installed mysql-client navigator and that seems like a god tool so far.
But what I would love is something that gave me the same interface to making databases that access uses ? I'm not against learning new things, it's just that making databases from the command line seems a bit "old-fashioned" ...
You might want to look at "mysql-query-browser" and "mysql-administrator" (both are GUI-type apps, and both are available at the MySQL website.) While not exactly like Access, they do provide most of the same functionality - I found them to be a pretty good replacement myself; I was looking for more or less the same thing you are when I switched to MySQL.
Ah, yeah, getting MySQL up and running. That's the FUN part
About all I can say to that is check out the installation/setup documentation on the MySQL site - it's pretty thorough, but you will need to get really friendly with the command line... At least, I had to, but there may be other tools out there that make it easier...
Good Luck! There's TONS of MySQL threads on this site - I was able to get my MySQL install up and running mostly by searching through them for questions I couldn't answer via the MySQL documentation.
I don't know if this helps, but the Open Office suite has a dbase program that is supposedly similar in concept to MS Access. It can either work as a stand-alone program or it can connect to a database server like MySQL.