I know services like TeX cloud and similar. My question is: Are there ready-made distributions of LaTeX that allow me to set up my own server? What are the best solutions? My goal is to have a nice editing environment on the iPad, and be able to use some remote compilation service.
Here are several solutions. I have not attempted them at my University as University policy forbids it.
There are several issues:
And when you get it running, please post your setup and solution as another question and answer as this is very wanted answer.
understand that you're after the cloud service. Wondering why not use a local environment that includes both typesetting and a syntax-highlighting editor? That way you don't have to rely on connectivity and can also take of advantge of the iOS UI that a restricted webapp cannot provide.
(Disclaimer: I'm one of the Texpad developers.)
May I suggest looking at Texapd for iOS (http://texpadapp.com/ios). We have local typesetter that we believe is currently the most completely LaTeX system on iOS with advanced fonts, beamer and tikz. We also have a full package manager that practically delivers the whole of texlive to you:
Like the OS X version, the app will open multi-file latex projects starting from the root and also allow you to search across files. There's autocomplete in the iPad version, synctax highlighting, dropbox support. Full list of features is online at http://texpadapp.com/ios .
writeLaTeX is an online LaTeX editor that works on the iPad and other tablet devices.
It's free to use, and you can try without even signing up, so if you don't like it there's no commitment.
PS: I'm one of the developers of writeLaTeX - if you do give it a try let us know what you think, feedback is always appreciated.