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Why OS on board ?

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I am new to embedded systems so please bear with me. 


Why should someone run embedded on ARM ? How it benefits the user ?  


If ARM device boots from linux, does it mean it works like windows ? I can use for example GSM modem or any new device simply by plugging and installing software ? Does it remove the effort to write messy code if you have OS on board ?  


Can someone give me some insight ? 


I appreciate. 


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