I was half-hoping that this issue would eventually go away with an Ubuntu upgrade, but it's ben persistent throughout my Starling's life. Mind you, the netbook is great: it does everything I need (sometimes at a slow pace, but I am not at the races), and is light and easy to carry around. So, it's annoying that every time it boots, I get a crash report ("something crashed or crashed in the past", but no way to know what it is that crashed, at least from the crash report I can see). Nothing seems to be affected by this crash, and I recall somebody posting a script a long time ago, to block the reports (not the crash itself), since it didn't seem to affect anything anyway. In other words, I live with this "feature" without trouble, but I still wonder if there is a way to fix this thing, whatever it may be.
By the way, I am running LXDE right now, but this constant crash-at-boot has been happening with other desktops as well.