I am new to Ubuntu and have been trying to install mysql on to a laptop. A laptop which I bought specifically to learn about Ubuntu.

Is there an idots step by step guide I can use since I seem to have created a user called mysql and I am really confused about the issue of not being able to access the root password in ubuntu. I assume it is not needed for the root of mysql is it the same different?

How do I run a client to access the database any pointers please?

So far

I think I have installed mysql, it's not a good start is it? On the command line (as user rd) I tried:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

rd@rd-W240HU-W250HUQ:~$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server
[sudo] password for rd:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
mysql-server is already the newest version.
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
language-pack-kde-en language-pack-kde-en-base kde-l10n-engb
calligra-l10n-engb libboost-date-time1.46.1 libmusicbrainz4c2a libvpx0
libgrail1 amarok-help-en
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.

and then

rd@rd-W240HU-W250HUQ:~$ sudo netstat -tap | grep mysql
tcp 0 0 localhost:mysql *:* LISTEN 1090/mysqld

So assume it must be running?.