This is a go live? I’ve just ripped Thought Deposit from the IT department nursery and flung her into the chaotic swirling internets. I wanted the freedom of a VPS, by far the most common VPS system for webhosting is Virtuozzo. Unfortunately Virtuozzo hosts have a rep for overselling processor time.
Our new VPS on Slicehost uses Xen virtualization. Overselling is not much of a problem with Xen based VPSes, largely thanks to Xen’s design. Slicehost also has a very cool AJAX console, for those times when you get firewall rule happy and lock yourself out — I’m told.
Default “slice” OSs are Ubuntu, CentOS, and Gentoo. But by following Marko’s Howto you can hijack your Ubuntu setup and install Debian over it, my preferred distro.