I had a bad debian testing install which required a reinstall – considering the am mount of updates involved it is a testament to the usual reliability of stretch that this post is a one off. Sure things do get changed but are overcome-able usually.
It was a systemd fuckup (my blog) so not really debians fault
Jessie is stable and having a disk of the 64bit distro to hand i mad a backup and reinstallled from the beginning.
Most things just worked icedove and firefox needed there hidden dot directories and one edit to hosts meant i was back up in a day..
Only two things i cannot get working pi-hole and and kde keystate indicator to stop me WHEN I DO THIS.(that was intentional)
I can live without those.
The install was fast considering it was a net install disk but there’s a lot to like about debian.