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Distribution: Slackware (mainly) and then a lot of others...
This is the point where we all begin. from a personal point of view I can tell you after working with Linux I still at times am overwhelmed. The only thing to do really is to go on working.
Best of luck with Linux.
You will be absolutely fine to do an install. Ubuntu will do everything itself asking you simple straight forward questions. You said you can type, well then you can definitely install an operating system.
It really does not require more expertise than that.
To build on what ericson007 said, most Linux installers are written with the awareness that they may be used by someone who has never installed an OS before. Installing a Linux distro is much easier than it used to be and, frankly, easier than installing Windows to bare metal.
You certainly won't have to do any "coding" to get the system installed or to use it for general computing.
Well, to be fair, I updated this pc many years ago. And, the reason I decided to install the older release, is because it's supposed to be "long term service" and I thought it was the right choice. I guess if I need to install the latest version for everything to work better, I'll look into it- Which one would you reccommend?
While watching video would be nice, it's not a priority on a machine as old as this one. After all, even when it was new it always had poor preformance when streaming vids.