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1. Boot directly into the text mode of Linux 9.0. Right now it defaults to one of the GUIs.
2. Automatically login as root. I disabled password, but I can't seem to figure out how to just autologin, like you can do in Windows.
3. Automatically start running a shell script.
This is probably pretty easy stuff, but I'm new... Thanks!
You don't actually need to login as root to run a shell script with root priviliges when the system starts (indeed what you're doing is a security risk). Add the script to your /etc/rc.local file (it may be in a different place depending on your system -- do find rc.local) and it will run with root privileges when the system boots. If you need something to run when root logs in, add it to /root/.bash_profile.