Content of a mail I sent to Patrick Volkerding on April 12, 2010:
I hadn't thought of the name of my first linux system for ages. Indeed, I'd forgotten that I'd once had a linux system whose name I was too new to choose myself. I did remember that first install, and soaking in the names of programs as the installer displayed them, like a sponge. But that was all. Then tonight, I put on the Dead, who I've not been listening to very long, but long enough to hear and read the lyrics before. But those first words, 5 minutes in, hit me in such an unexpected way. "Darkstar crashes, pouring its light into ashes" .. My mind suddenly held two visions superimposed; the star ending; a black screen flashing its final oops. I'm sure you've heard this many times before, though probably not from anyone as slow to get the joke as me. But connecting those two things so late on, flashing all the way back to '94, and relating it to the imagery, made it especially strong & good for me. Your choice of a word in '93 has made my week in '10. Crazy world. Thanks!
Haha... finally! Amazingly enough, you are the first person to report getting the joke! I had not really thought about it myself in years, but indeed -- that's the gist of the reference. :-)
My "darkstar" would later get renamed to "kite".
Nowadays, darkstar is my main laptop.