Stella is DonationWare!

As of release 3.5, Stella is officially DonationWare. What is DonationWare, you may ask? Simply put, the concept of donationware is where the developers request donations that indicate appreciation for the project, and as an incentive to continue work on the project.

So who am I? My name is Stephen Anthony, and I've maintained Stella since about 2004, and from about 2008 to 2016, I worked on it mostly alone. In my initial years of involvement, I had extra help from Brad Mott (original Stella creator, to whom I owe a huge debt). I've personally added tens of thousands of lines of code to Stella, and coordinated several large merges from other projects (ScummVM for parts of the GUI, Distella for the debugger disassembler, etc). I've also created the Harmony Programming Tool software for the Harmony Cartridge, and a version of the KrokCom software for Linux/macOS - KrokCom for UNIX. So as you can see, I'm quite prolific in Atari 2600 development.

Since 2016, the Stella team has expanded significantly (from one person to three!). In that time, we've almost completely rewritten large parts of the codebase, moving to a cycle-exact TIA video and sound implementation, among other things. The explosion of new features is directly related to the fact that more people are on board, and as such our need for donations has increased quite a bit.

Let me say up-front that donating is completely voluntary. Stella is an open-source / free software project, and will remain so because of its license (GPLv/2). It's not my intent to guilt anyone into donations, or to threaten that the project will be discontinued if we don't receive any. Donations are simply a way for appreciative end-users to demonstrate their enjoyment of Stella, and to make us feel a little better about the long hours spent on this project.

I'll list a few reasons why you might want to make a donation:

What type of donations would we consider? I'm firmly of the opinion that beggars can't be choosers. That being said, I'm listing some of the things we'd like to receive (in no particular order):

Note that I've ranked money at the bottom of the list. This isn't a mistake. While we appreciate any monetary donations I might receive, we're not in this for the money. If we were, I personally would have abandoned the project after the first year :) That being said, any monetary contributions we do receive will be used to purchase extra hardware, carts, etc for testing.

If you're interested in making a Paypal donation, my Paypal address is; you can also use the Paypal button to the left. Otherwise, if you have something to ship, please contact me at the same address for shipping details. Note that I'm located in Canada, so your location in the world might cause some shipping issues. Also, let me know how you'd like to be credited in the Credits List (real name or a nickname, your personal webpage, other info about yourself, etc).

Thanks in advance for any donations we may receive, and for all past donations. Let's help keep the Atari 2600 emulation scene alive.