The 258.69 and 258.96 broke parsing of deprecated OpenGL values and array stacks.
this also affected the initial test code shaders, forcing the addition of a #pragma option line. It became a lot more apparent under the go_faster code which handles shader code better and more efficiently (amongst other things) which lead to the shader rewrite in FSU.
260.99 (for both old and new shaders) are the best way to go.
In most cases, it is always best to go with Vendor drivers, not just simple OS drivers (which are really only going to be geared for the OSes benefit).
However, it is not always true that newer drivers are better drivers, it depends a lot on the hardware in question.