OpenGL was released just a month days ago. Now, Nvidia has released its latest OpenGL Linux driver with full support for OpenGl 4.0 on GeForce GTX 480/470. In addition to this, Nvidia has also release four new OpenGL extensions which provides additional capabilities to developers.
There was some initial delay in the delivery of this driver because of the lack of any supported hardware at Nvidia. The linux driver is available as the driver version 195.36.07.04.
This new version of OpenGL still supports the older API. Moreover, Nvidia will still support older versions of OpenGL on older and future hardware. Nvidia has also assured that deprecated functionalities will run on the new version as good as the older version. Read more at the official release notes.
The new features in OpenGL 4.0 require a Fermi GPU to run completely. The GeForce GTX 470 and 480 graphics cards fall under this category.
With the release of this driver, Nvidia is finally catching up with AMD which has had a driver with OpenGL support for quite some months now.