This may sound like a rant but I just want to state the facts.
I've been with LMDE since the launch. I am using the 64 bit edition using the default repositories.
I have three partitons installed on my HD. root(25gb) swap(5gb) and home(1.5TB)
A few months ago, I ran into a problem that my root was all used up. I don't know why but it was so I reinstalled and the problem went away.
I'm at that place once more. 0Mb. When I check the properties on a folder in that partition I get 0 MB. One folder I checked had a contents size of 470.07 TB (yes terrabytes).
Gparted says I have under 200mb on the root. As a result of the lack of space on my root, I am not able to rsync to my external hard drive.
Wine is still not an option for me. Yes I can hack it in but I rather not go down that route as I am a user of LMDE not a programmer of LMDE. I understand that LMDE is a bit rough on the edges, but these are internal matters that can and has compromised the stability of the OS.
I hope that this is helpful in being able to identify problems with this OS.