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I'm trying to install a Linux OS on the computer I use as a home server, because I liked "Raspbian" so much on my Raspberry Pi. I created a custom linux using openSUSE Studio, that's just text based and very simple, to squeeze all the performance I can out of the machine. I was expecting something like Rasbian, where it boots and you log in, and can use sudo and startx to get into the desktop, however on Debian and on the openSUSE, it boots to bash. How can I get out of bash and into the (terminal?), so I can use apt-get, sudo, and all that.

I know I need to look into how linux works first, but my main concern is getting on on the machine and installing software, so I can get the machine closed up and in its rack.

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You can do apt-get, sudo and all that from bash. What's exactly wrong? – Patrice Levesque May 21 '13 at 23:18
I don't understand. What's the problem with bash? It's a shell. You can log in a shell and use commands like sudo, apt-get... And you need a shell to use the terminal. Otherwise, it's just a black window which doesn't answer when you type a command. – lgeorget May 21 '13 at 23:20
bash as a shell runs under a terminal... When installing openSUSE you can configure whether automatic login shall happen. I know that from X only not for the console. Do I understand you correctly: You start the PC and get to a shell prompt without enterting user name and password? – Hauke Laging May 21 '13 at 23:20
SUSE AFAICT is not using the debian package format (thus is not using apt-get); it's a RPM-based system. Please check the documentation for openSUSE: en.opensuse.org/Package_management – Patrice Levesque May 21 '13 at 23:29
sudo is not part of a default install everywhere. You're root, so you don't need sudo to install sudo... if you really want it. – Patrice Levesque May 21 '13 at 23:37

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