Yes linode has many guides, but the same can be said for digitalocean and more. I fail to see how its better for newbies, still just the shell anyway.
The Dashboard is very accessible. They have everything set up for you, so you can do SSH and FTP to your server as soon as you have installed it. I tried an other service then I was totally new, and didn't found the guides very much helpful. They were pretty much geeky, and therefore I found the guides on Linode much easier to understand. Now, after having got some experience with Linux, I would be able to use other services. But for me, at leased, Linode was the way to go then I was new.
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