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No that's not it. /etc/issue and issue.net and all the .bashrc files are not at fault here. Let me clarify a bit in detail what I see. The login-screen is completely black, as usual, no X running. The top left says something like "Mandrake version bla bla etcetera", and then the next line says "login: ".
All very normal so far. Now, next to the login-prompt, where I should enter my username, it says "hi there!!!", and the cursor is behind the last exclamation mark. So I use the backspace to erase "hi there!!!", then I enter my username, password and everything works fine.
But who the hell typed "hi there!!!" in the first place? It was not me, not my wife, not my kids (they speak Dutch, not English).
I am unfamiliar with xargs so I am unsure whether I hit something or not. But you know what, let's just give up. I will wipe the machine, reinstall Mandrake, and also I'll kick out this Multitech-box and put my old firewall back in place with IpCop. Never had a problem with IpCop.
Thanks all for your interest and support, especially jayjwa who suggest to reply with "hey, what's up". I'll say "Hey what's up" and then rm -R *
Try /bin/login and see if you get a normal login or the hi there login. If you get the weird login you need to reinstall the login package util-linux-2.11x-3mdk
Have you looked in /etc/inittab where the getty's are setup?
They should look something like this:
# Run gettys in standard runlevels
There are no other users, or maybe I should say, there should be no other users. I have a VPN to my company network, could be that some colleague is trying to make some fun, on the other hand these are all Windows-guys, they really don't know what to do unless they can click it. Anyway, I zapped my Mandrake and did a full reinstall, and let's see what happens next. Thanks everybody for the help.