According to this Ubuntu Community Wiki page: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro Ubuntu 12.04 still does not support MacBook Pro 8.x.
Moreover, even Ubuntu 11.10 has incomplete support for this device (Thunderbolt won't work): https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro8-2/Oneiric
I believe a lot of macbook users (mostly programmers) want to install Ubuntu on their devices. So why there is not enough people to actually implement full support? What the problem is? Technical complexity of the task?
Bonus question: is there anything I can personally do to help this task without learning low-level drivers programming?