The mouse doesn't work in a VMware VM when booting from the ISO image. This appears to be an issue with the Xvesa extension. I can verify that it is available to the system by 'cat'ing /dev/input/event2 in the console, but specifiying the path using startx -- -mouse doesn't have any effect. I have tested this with VMware versions 9 with Nvidia host graphics and version 12 with ATI host graphics. I can't tell if the keyboard works while Xvesa is running, but it does work in the console. There is no X log to give any hints. I ran tc-install.sh from the command line and after rebooting ran tce-load -iw Xorg-7.7-3d to get to a working system so this confirms that the mouse does work with the Xorg extension in the same VM.