It's not on a ship (GC doesn't have an information counter on ships), and the asterisk is completely intended. That's exactly how the message file is on the server itself:
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Sylverant is an open-source Phantasy Star Online
Server for *nix. It is licensed under the GNU AGPL
For reference, *nix generally refers to any Unix-like operating system, but without using the trademarked term "Unix". Generally you'll see operating systems like Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and even sometimes Mac OS X referred to in this manner.