Slicehost vs. Linode vs. ???

I have some projects in mind that would require some hosting – and not just some casual web-hosting, but actual root access.

If I will ever get the time to work on the projects is another issue, but the first step would be to actually get some hosting.

A quick Google search seem to indicate that Slicehost and Linode pretty much provide what I’m looking for, at a reasonable price.

So far I’m leaning towards Linode. Mainly because they have a data center in London, and I might as well have the host as close to me as possible, should all cables across the Atlantic suddenly be severed.
They also seem to have a little lower prices on what to me looks like comparable products. But I haven’t made up my mind yet.
If you have any experience with either of the two companies I would appreciate your thoughts in the comments below.
Also, if you know of companies that provide similar services (within the same price range), let me know, but my quick Google search seems to come up with only the two companies.

Thank you in advance.