but again we know from experience that given a few million years our ape cousins will evolve to replace us
How do we know that? Bonobos and chimps are just as evolved as we are.
What does any of this have to do with programming languages?
This has absolutely nothing to do with programming languages. Why should it? - this is a slashdot discussion
My poor old Acer Netbook, 7 years old and going strong, isn't 64 bit, and runs Linux Mint very well.
My ZG5 is currently running Win XP, Fedora 24 and Ubuntu 16.04 Mate. I'n hesitant to try Windows 10 on an Atom N270 with only 1GB RAM.
Save energy: Drive a smaller shell.