Initial release in 2007 Open Source E-commerce Solution based on Ruby on Rails known as Spree is about to die? This question often came to mind who is dealing with Spree directly or indirectly from couple of years.

Spree New announcements  & update | Over 20k commits Spree is still alive and ready to reborn in April, 2019 with its release Spree 4.0.

Bridge between 3.x.x and Spree 4.0 is finally out that is Spree 3.7. In modern world of Star Wars, Spree is ready to support high class REST API for building amazing customer interfaces with modern JavaScript libraries (React, Vue, Angular). Some of the major work done on this version are  Service Oriented Architecture, Removing Coffee Script & Improved MySQL support. This version requires Rails 5.2.2 and Ruby 2.3.3. It is required to upgrade to this version before moving to Spree 4.0 (Rails 6.0) when its is released in April.

According to me the key factor for spree to be remain popular is that it has very good code foundation, architecture & community. If you are looking to own  a Storefront-end you should go with Spree else there are plenty of  rented solutions like Shopify. When we talk about spree solidus also comes into google search, so basically its forked version of spree and has chosen different path but the end result would be high class code base under revenue generating application, so its fine to go in either way.

In a nut shell, there are only fake rumours about spree life, its growing well and Spree 4.0 is releasing soon with cool feature.