Difference between "machine hardware" and "hardware platform"

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My Linux machine reports "uname -a" outputs as below:-

[[email protected] i386]# uname -a
Linux tom 2.6.9-89.ELsmp #1 SMP Mon Apr 20 10:34:33 EDT 2009 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[[email protected] i386]#

As per man page of uname, the entries "i686 i686 i386" denotes:-

machine hardware name (i686)
processor type (i686)
hardware platform (i386)

Additional info:

[[email protected] i386]# cat /proc/cpuinfo 

<snip> 
vendor_id   : GenuineIntel
cpu family  : 6
model       : 15
model name  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU            5148  @ 2.33GHz
stepping    : 6
cpu MHz     : 2328.038
cache size  : 4096 KB
</snip>

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