i went live with my new Linode server yesterday, having learnt some linux and built the svr, choosing nginx rather than apache, and using google apps for my email solution.
the result...damn, my site is fast now! check it out, http://guvnr.com
why linode rather than slicehost? came down to the ram offerred, 360 MB rather than 250.
was it complicated? yes. it took a lot of time to research, and getting used to the command line interface.
...i plan to write a blog post, plotting the steps, to help other folks who want a good value virtual solution. I'll post a link here when done; gimme 2 weeks for that.
but hte main thing is, no longer do i have to put up with a third rate, third party "support" department, as is commonly the case with cheap hosts.
then again, i'll continue to use my cheap host for some sites, the ones that are unlikely to get suspended after being digged.
...just my 2c.