Why doesn't Mdk give the cute dragon?
I wondered about the same thing with Mandrake 9.1: sometimes on Ctrl-Alt-Del, it would show only "logout/cancel", and sometimes it would show the cute little dragon, with the choice of "shutdown", "reboot", and "logout" depending on whether you pressed C-A-Del, C-A-PgUp, or C-A-PgDn.
It seems that when you auto-login, it doesn't give you the option to shut down, unless you log out again. To make me feel better, I told myself that it was actually a security feature.
Then I installed Mdk 9.2, and I always got the cute dragon.
So, I still don't know why it didn't show the cute dragon in 9.1. If this problem shows up again in 9.2 or 10.0, I have no idea how to fix it.
When I wanted to turn off the computer, I'd su -c "halt" or something.