I tried to install both 32 and 64 bit versions of Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon on VMWare Fusion 4 running on a Mac Mini. I checked the MD5 on both disks, and they are good. When I attempt the install, I get "no boot filename received" from Fusion and Fusion just sits there.
I'm inclined to just install Linux Mint to an old Dell, and skip my Macs entirely. I love the Apple hardware, but it looks like the Apple/VMWare/Linux combination isn't going to work. Or, does Parallels work better?