I have heard quite often that linux requires a new way of thinking. I seem to have found out firsthand what it means.
Thinking that today was as good a day as any to get apache and mysql working on my Open Suse 10.2 system, I installed the apache and mysql packages from the yast manager. Apache seemed to get up and running easily from the yast network services, but after puttering around trying to get mysql daemon to work, i nearly gave up. Tried reinstalling since i though it must be a configuration error or something. Finally figured out that mysql is not a service but rather a runlevel service or something and everything works fine now.