Finally, except for hplip alone, that is without porteus dependencies, one package was importantS: foomatic-filters. It provides CUPS and system-config-printer with the possibility to download printer drivers or the like to one's installation and get the printer going. However, foomatic-filters only permits installation of ppd files. It does not provide the ppd files themselves:
The case of hplip coverage in my mind is not yet clear. One thing is sure the overall hp system is not necessary for CUPS or system-printer-config to take advantage of it. In addition, other additional single packages pertaining to hp printers seem to be very interesting and could be taken advantage of for the CUPS and system-config-printer interfaces. I will sort that out later.
After fooling around with binary packages with much limited results, I got a breaktrough this morning installing from source the whole system for foomatic:
http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collabor ... e/foomatic
This resulted in a package of 31 MB. However, the coverage of printers is augmented in terms of the variety of printers covered."foomatic-db" and "foomatic-filters" should be installed before "foomatic-db-engine", and "foomatic-db" also before "foomatic-db-nonfree".
Trying to find a way to reduce the size of that package, I found a trail. These package are foomatic-db-compressed-ppds.deb and openprinting-ppds_20120523-1_all.deb:
http://packages.debian.org/sid/foomatic ... essed-ppds
It would spare us from the huge foomatic-db size.
Foomatic database of printing drivers by manufacturer:
http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collabor ... nufacturer