Everyone in my house has their own computer in their bedroom, but I have a common computer in the family room that everyone shares just web-surfing mostly-- quick/convenient reference. Long ago when I had PCLOS installed on it I made only a 5-GB partition (dual boot with Windows). A few weeks back I overwrote the PCLOS partition with Mint and everything was fine up until a few days ago. Not realizing how little space 5-GB's is for and OS these days, I loaded the Penguin Racer game for my son. Although it's a fun game, it made web-surfing difficult because it filled the hard drive to 100%. There wasn't even enough resources to watch a YouTube video.
Realizing this problem I deleted the Penguin Racer but that didn't seem to help, so I started deleting every application on the computer except for FireFox, Mplayer, OpenOffice, and the system utilities. Everything else is removed... no games, no music players, etc.... For whatever reason, removing all those applications did not help in getting back more HD space, Mint still is taking up 5-GB's with almost nothing installed. I had to resort to cutting my swap space in half to give more HD space for Mint and it's still at 92% full.
How is this possible? How can a bare-bones install of Mint take up 5-GB's of HD space? Yes, I used the "apt-get autoremove" but that didn't get me much. Any ideas?