Has anyone tried putting Ubuntu on the new macbook pro retina? If so, were there driver issues? I really want to do this seeing that I am starting my computer science curriculum very soon.
I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 in Virtualbox 4.2.1 on the Macbook Pro Retina. For the most part it works fairly well after installing guest additions.
It freezes up at times for a minute or so then catches up with itself. (Sometimes I get a black screen for 30 seconds or so until I see Ubuntu again.)
The only other issue might be the fact that since OS X is scaling the resolution, everything in Ubuntu looks slightly blurry. It's not too problematic for general tasks, however it can definitely be an issue if you are a designer who wants pixel perfect accuracy.
Short answer is Yes, it has been tried.
There are a couple of people who have 12.10 up and running, though with a few hinges (flaky wifi, broken brightness control, no graphic switching). More information, including guides, screenshots, pitfalls: