Despite getting hardly any Linux experience, I am too tempted by VPS (and too tired of cPanel/hosting that is shared garbage) not to try it out.
I am a wise kid and get things pretty quick. I required a category in Linux and know fundamental instructions, how you can pipe instructions, some scripting and spend stuff -- which I have nearly forgotten... but I am prepared to learn everything again. Since I'm going to be using either Linode or Slicehost, I am granted the chance to damage a great deal.
So, which distro might be best that i can begin with? I am searching for simplicity of use and administration here, especially when it comes to setting up Light + memcache and getting it ready to go through the finish nowadays.
Linode or Slicehost? Any natural variations between your two? Linode appears cheaper.
Finally, so they won't leave the referral area blank for whichever host I select, please provide you are info and also the winning answer will receive a referral :)
Used Linode for many several weeks, it required under an hour or so to setup the the virtual "boxes", and that we haven't touched it since, so from my perspective (like a developer) that will get two thumbs up.
Using Ubuntu and haven't experienced any problems since initial setup.
Haven't used Slicehost but frankly after the simplicity Linode setup, wouldn't have to switch/try other things.
I made use of Slicehost for many several weeks inside a previous job and not had any problems. You are able to essentially do anything you want together with your slice, that is very great. For quick fixes, you can handle remotely anywhere using their web-based terminal as well as their administrator console. Have no idea enough about Linode to express whether one is preferable to another, however it seems like you've separated the wheat in the chaff together with your narrow your search already.
It is dependent on what's most significant for you - security, updates, support, community.
Different distro's have different orientation - for instance, we use Centos that is very stable and secure - but this comes in a cost, as it is usually lags behind the most recent technologies and updates (since individuals remember to mature :) ).
Take a look at this site for an introduction to the benefits and drawbacks of every distribution.