I need to operate a database for personal use. Now I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

As opposed to Windows operating system, I'm wondering if there's a dBase, Lotus123 or Access equivalent for Linux? Something simple like MS Works database would be ideal. Can someone point me to a suitable package?

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    Since you're using Ubuntu, you should have Libreoffice Base installed by default. Kexi might also be an interesting alternative. You might also want to clarify if you're looking for a database back-end (which the title might suggest), or a graphical database front-end (which your examples suggest). May 14, 2014 at 11:45
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    Also, instead of giving examples of non-Unix/proprietary software (which many of us don't know anything about), you may want to specify what features you're after. May 14, 2014 at 11:53

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There are numerous Open Source and free database options.

Popular choices are:

You can install them from the commandline with:

sudo apt-get install <mysql-server | mariadb-server | postgresql>

or using the GUI package manager aptitude

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    Even though the OP is asking for a database, if you look at the examples he lists, I suspect he might really be looking for a graphical database frontend. May 14, 2014 at 11:40

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