You can try out Linode's smallest 512M "node" before you buy, sounds like a good opportunity for people that want to get their feet wet. Although I'm not sure "a couple of hours" is quite long enough, but maybe for some people.
Some of you may have noticed that we recently released a new way to sign up for a Linode account. This new method also includes the ability to try a Linode for a few hours without needing to enter any payment information. We’re excited about this because now you can give Linode a go without needing to spend a single penny.
Creating a free account is as simple as visiting http://linode.com/ and submitting your email address, username, and password. You’ll then receive an email welcoming you to Linode and asking you to confirm your email address.
Once confirmed you will be taken to a welcome page (the Account tab), where you will be given the option to spin up a Linode 512 cloud server to play around with for a couple of hours. You will also always have the option of completing your signup and becoming a normal paid account. The cool part is that completing your signup while you have a trial Linode will save it, along with any work you’ve invested in it, from being deleted when the trial ends.
So, that’s it. There is no credit card required and you can choose to keep your Linode at any time during the trial. You can even keep your account after your trial has expired. Hmm, maybe we needed this because we’ve got something cooking that doesn’t require having an active Linode. Just maybe!