I've had it with Windows, I want to try Linux, can my computer handle it? Can I?
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Do I have to install Linux, then an OS? or is it all one package?
"Linux" is really just the kernel or "core" of the operating system, whereas the software that comes with the kernel constitutes the rest of the operating system. And yes, 90% of the time, it's all in the same package. A kernel is pretty much useless by itself...
Pclinuxos 2010 with xfce or lxde or E17 desktop will work great for you. Very easy to install and very newbie friendly comes with pretty much everything needed to watch videos online and way more. Just install it and you'll be suprised how fast that old machine really can be.
I agree about going with a simple windows manager for the reasons already given, but I will also say that my experience is that a distro using KDE3 will work acceptably with the specified hardware (just don't use compiz) and will also look more familiar to someone that is coming from Windows. Avoid KDE4 like the plague on that hardware.