That's normal Linux behaviour (which applies to any other Unix-like system. It's the admin's job to make sure a particular application is started at bootup.
There is no real standard way to configure the boot process of a Linux system, but most of them should allow you to start XAMPP at boot time using the following steps.
1. First, find out your default runlevel.
Simply type egrep :initdefault: /etc/inittab.
You should no see a line containing a number between two colons.
In most cases 3 or 5 (2 if you're using Debian).
2. Go into the directory which configures this runlevel. If for example your runlevel is 3, then you have to change into the /etc/rc.d/rc3.d directory.
If your system didn't provide /etc/rc.d/rc3.d please try also /etc/init.d/rc3.d and /etc/rc3.d.
3. Now carry out the actual configuration by typing:
ln -s /opt/lampp/lampp S99lampp
ln -s /opt/lampp/lampp K01lampp
Now XAMPP should start and stop automatically if you boot or shutdown your machine.
OpenSuSE 10.0 is a little bit strange: You need to set up a symbolic link from /etc/init.d/lampp to /opt/lampp/lampp:
ln -s /opt/lampp/lampp /etc/init.d/lampp
And than use the runlevel editor (expert mode) from YaST to activate XAMPP for the specific runlevels.
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