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is a string giving the general type of computer on which Mathematica is being run.
  • $MachineType is intended to reflect general families of hardware rather than specific models.
  • Typical values are "PC", "Macintosh" and "Sun".
  • Computers with the same $MachineType may not be binary compatible.
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