What's the version of Linux Mint?
And could you describe the panics in detail? If there's some screenshot pictures is better. Thank you!
On the other hand, I've tried it on host OpenSUSE 12.2 Beta2, and I use linuxmint-13-mate-dvd-64bit.iso as guest. Although VMware Tools can't install automatically, the guest OS can be used normally.
Sorry for not gettiing back to sooner. The guest twas Mint 13 but it may not make any difference. I have backed off the TP and re-installed WS on this disro and kernel. No problem there with the WS 8 lzma patch. I will tryomething else later - unistalling WS 8, re-installing TP and seeing if can open the VM created by WS * and offer an upgrade. I will let you know.