Ah, Yahoo Messenger. I've used Yahoo messenger once with Linux. I have a Yahoo account, but prefer Google. I haven't tried the Yahoo Messenger with video though, I use Google Talk with the Google Talk Plugin which works well with Firefox and has very clear video.
Every Linux distro, Mint is a Linux distro, Ubuntu is a Linux Distro, well, they all have a repository of apps/programs that you can install. These apps are signed for security, so, you never have to worry about malware when installing from a distros repository. The program that is used to install apps from the repository is called a package manager, it manages the installation or removal of packages.
You mention that there are a lot of programs on a Linux website to download. Which Linux website are you referring to? I guess there's a bit of confusion for both of us. If you referring to the Linux.com website, tell me where you finding the programs you're talking about. You might just be referring to the iso files of the different distros that you can download for installation.
One other thing, if you want to try Ubuntu or Mint out before you do your install, I can point you to the Live CD's or if the MSI Wind doesn't have a CD drive, to a usb version that you can just plug in so you can run Linux from that without interfering with your hard disk or the version of Windows that's already running on it. Live versions of Linux allow you to try out Linux as if they are already installed, it's a great way to experiment and figure out if everything works on your computer before actually installing to the hard drive. I believe Mint or Ubuntu will have everything you need for testing included on their Live CD or Live USB iso programs.
If you have any other questions, we are here to help, and, don't worry about the questions being basic. We all asked the same questions when we first started.
BTW - If you need help with a link to download Mint or Ubuntu, and even step by step instructions on how to set up the live version for testing, we can help you with that too.
Edit: If I get a chance tomorrow, I'll see if Yahoo messenger with video works on my Linux install, I'll let you know how it goes.