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Guys i have the new installation done for Shrike and now something strange.. i wasnt asked to give a username and yet it asks for a login text based screen. i was only asked to provide a password for the admin account.
any idea what the default username would look like?
If you haven't created a user account, then you'll probably have to log in as root and create a normal user account. However, why are you using Shrike (by which I assume you mean Red Hat 9) in the first place? It's out of date and hasn't been supported for several years. You'd be better off installing a supported distribution.
On RH based systems you can change the default run level in the /etc/inittab file. But yes, RH9 is too old. You are better off with CentOS5 if you want something that is RH based and free as well. Fedora Core is now Fedora and Core has been dropped from the name. If you are looking for Fedora then F11 is latest and F12 should be coming out soon.
One question though, which assignment in this age would require you to use RH9?