Lame though it may be of me, I'm going to have to answer the question with another question. If all we're talking about is for one OS, then it would be either
sudo chown -R (user name) /dev/(device name) (ubuntu)
or just chown -R (user name) /dev/(device name)
fedora - no sudo, just run the command from root.
The noodle scratcher part, and the part I don't have any good answers for, is how to make it so you don't have to manually retype when you go back and forth between distros. I'd almost be tempted to add the line to my ~/.bashrc, but there's probably a better way I don't know or haven't thought of yet.