Hi Pmilano, welcome to the Linux Mint forums
Thanks for giving Linux Mint a try! If you can answer Habitual's question, and share which programs you are trying to run, we can probably help you with figuring this out
Be sure also to check out the Community
website (ideas, tutorials, and hardware and software reviews), and the Cinnamon Spices
website for adding themes, applets and extensions to Cinnamon (and if you haven't installed Cinnamon, see here
a recent update for a teaser). Note that Cinnamon currently requires 3D acceleration to run. I'm not sure if VMware can do that; with Oracle VirtualBox however you can, and Linux Mint 12 comes pre-installed with the guest additions to better function on VirtualBox.
You can also chat in real-time with other Linux Mint users. In the Mint Menu, in the Internet section, start the application XChat IRC. You will automatically get connected to #linuxmint-chat for general chat and #linuxmint-help for support with other Linux Mint users