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When using GNOME Shell it comes with Caribou, an on screen keyboard that looks really nice (on par with screen keyboards found on iOS and Android). I see that LightDM is configured to use onboard as the default on screen keyboard for those with touch screen devices.

Is it possible to substitute onboard with Caribou through configuration?

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The onscreen keyboard is launched by the Unity Greeter. The version that is in Ubuntu 11.10 is hard-coded to use onboard, but there is no reason why it shouldn't be able to use either. Please file a bug / write a patch to unity-greeter.

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