Anyway installing PHPmyadmin is a cinch. I used Kpackagemanager (the Ubuntu version is Synaptic) to get the package.
In retrospect I prefer the Debian apt-get approach of the command line but I like the GUI for its ability to search through all packages to discover cool new toys.
The only trick to installing PHPmyadmin is that you need to reconfigure it once it is up.
Jump to a Konsole and run the command:
This will give you the configuration options that the GUI installer does not. Specifically it sets up the config files so that Apache knows to alias the /phpmyadmin directory to the proper /etc/phpmyadmin.
sudo dpkg-reconfigure -plow phpmyadmin
If for some reason (as was the case with my Kubuntu 11.10) you need to fix the phpmyadmin Apache binding then use these commands:
sudo ln -s /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/001-phpmyadmin sudo service apache2 restart
This will add phpmyadmin to Apache's list of enabled sites so that you can browse it as you would expect.