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I installed Ubuntu-12.04-x86_64 server. I need a GUI to install mysql db. What is the simplest way? I still want to preserve my server. I don't want to make it to run as a desktop. All I need is a GUI.

Thanks for your help.

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you could install ubuntu-desktop(just add sudo apt-get before that), and delete it afterwards. – Dr_Bunsen Jan 4 '13 at 20:46
Thanks Bunsen.When I uninstall would it leave behind any sediments. OR the uninstall would be clean? Also, would it take off my server properties. I still want to boot up as server not as a desktop. – Prasad Jan 4 '13 at 20:49
You do not need a GUI to install MySQL – jap1968 Jan 4 '13 at 20:51
jap1968 - I am novice with ubuntu. I am just starting. I am sure you might have figured it out by this time. – Prasad Jan 4 '13 at 20:53
@Prasad I don't know what's left and what's not, I almost never check that ;) – Dr_Bunsen Jan 4 '13 at 20:57

I run an Ubuntu Server myself, and various times I feel the need of a GUI. This has however proved itself to be a reflection of my own fright.

If you just take the time to learn one texteditor (such as nano), you will learn a lot more in the process. You can install mysql by using sudo apt-get install mysql-server, and then you edit the configuration to your needs. What I usually do next is that I use some kind of graphical tool (such as Mysql Workbench) on my client PC to connect to the mysql server and create databases.

If you however want a graphical interface on the server, you could use a webgui such as Webmin. This way, you probably save more resources than if you would install the ubuntu desktop, and when the graphical interface is not needed you can stop the service to release RAM if you are worried about resources.

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You simply have to run sudo apt-get install compiz && sudo apt-get install unity in the command line. Make sure you have an internet connection or else this will not work.

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Be careful. that will pull in a great lot too - not recommended. – guntbert Jan 4 '13 at 22:33

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