I am a happy Linode customer, I hosted my hobby apps there. It doesn’t mean that I closed my option for other VPS provider .
Recently Digital Ocean is gaining more popularity because of its cheaper price and its usage of SSD.
Unfortunately it doesn’t have Asian data center yet, compared to Linode which has data center in Tokyo.
Linode itself already upgraded all their plans to use 8 core cpu as host.
Well, competition is always a good thing for customer.